Guest Blogger: Melanie Nichols
This March, we are sharing a special series of blog posts from Melanie Nichols. This series was originally posted in February 2021. You can find Melanie and her blog here. If you would like to submit to our blog, please email us.
Every day many different things vie for our time, attention, and energy. As parents, we might have work, school, chores, family obligations, etc. As teachers, we have assessments, workshops, duties, and more. Sometimes it feels like the days are simply flying by, and we haven’t been able to spend more than a few moments with our kids.
An article on NAEYC (link below) reinforces the point that *quality* of time is much more important than quantity of time. Children need high-quality time with the adults in their lives. Quality Time is what is most beneficial and will positively affect them as they grow. “It isn’t about endless hours of time—it’s about how you choose to spend that time that truly matters.”
The article lists 9 tips for ensuring the time we spend without kids is high quality. While these tips are designed for parents, they can also be adapted to the classroom.
1 – have a daily “connect” time
2 – create a special daily ritual
3 – say “I love you” and use encouraging words every day
4 – reinforce positive behavior
5 – enjoy meals or snacks together
6 – set aside time for activities your kids choose
7 – play together
8 – laugh together
9 – turn off technology during your time together
Remember, meaningful connections are about the *quality* of time spent together, not the quantity. Each connection a child has with the loving adults in their lives has a lasting impact on them. These connections provide the support and reassurance our children need as they grow.