Putting the TIME back into Quality Time

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Putting the TIME back into Quality Time
Telling yourself that you get the kids twice a week with the divorce? Think that's enough? It's not!


I watch people divorce every day. It looks so painful, but the biggest losers are often the children. Parents rationalize things to soothe the guilt of breaking up their family. One thing parents cannot afford to rationalize are the benefits of quality time. It is TIME alone that makes a difference to your child. You need to be there to talk and listen every day whether it is a text to your teen, a phone call to your toddler, or an email to your tween. You don’t need to be married to their parent to accomplish this although it is preferable. Parents give their kids up too easily. They get their allotted weekend time and somehow think the courts are acting in their best interest. This is your baby; don’t leave it to the courts to decide how often your child needs to hear from you. Make sure that child knows that you are their mommy or daddy. Stuff is easier to give, but your time is what’s important. Your child will face many trials in their life, but none will be as difficult as thinking they do not have a parent who cares. -Mary Jo Rapini
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Mary Jo Rapini

Counselor/Therapist

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