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Quality Time May Trump Quantity Time, but Quantity Time Begets Quality Time

by Deborah Song


If there’s anything this quarantine has showed us, it’s that we can do surprisingly more remotely. And this may be an important turning point for many companies who may have once been reluctant to let employees work from home. Whether you will be allowed that flexibility or not, there are small efforts that can manifest big changes in how much exposure we have with our kids, and ultimately impact the quality of quality time we share with them. Here are at least five places to start.

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  1. Work together. Now that kids are being homeschooled, work alongside your child doing something that doesn’t require your full concentration. This obviously depends on the age of your child, as it would be close to impossible to accomplish even the most menial tasks chasing a restless toddler. But if your child is old enough to do a page of homework, bring down your laundry and file receipts next to your child.
  2. Exercise together. A peaceful jog may be your solace, as it is for me. But you don’t have to exercise together with your child every day. Nor do you need to do your full work out with your child. You can split up your exercise routine and do a little running or play some basketball with them and finish the rest of your work out on your own. Not only would you be setting a good example for healthy living, but the stress-relieving outlet has a way of opening up the mind. Exercising together could open up some great opportunities for quality time.
  3. Do chores together. It’s true that their little hands will provide little actual help. In fact, their very presence and the millions of questions they may ask may hamper your progress. But it’s one of the best investments you could ever make. Compelling research shows that the single common thread linking successful people together was that they did chores growing up. So why not do some chores together? It may actually redfine quality time to mean that the little work you put in now will save you headache in the future.
  4. Eat together. Eating is something we all have to do. Even if we can sit down and have one shared meal together a day, engaged in each other’s body language and conversations, we’d be far ahead of the game by most parents’ standards. I know many parents who shuffle their kids afterschool from activity to activity and end up eating dinner in the car. Then perhaps it’s possible to slow down the mornings and break some bagels together before school starts. Don’t feel pressure to have a meaningful conversation either. Just try to enjoy each other’s company or simply listen to what your child may or may not have to say.
  5. Cook together. If only because kids are more prone to eat what they cook. So if your kids are adverse to eating vegetables like most kids, this may be a great way to inspire your child to try new foods. Plus, they’d be learning a life skill.

Deborah Song is the founder of, a cruelty-free company committed to creating travel accessories that help travelers journey with ease, efficiency and elegance. She loves to travel the globe in pursuit of good food, wider life perspectives and great adventure stories with her kids. Deborah is a Canadian-born, mompreneur and Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master’s in journalism from New York University. You can find her travel stories at

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