Sometimes I worry there isn't enough quality time with me and my dd. She's growing up fast, as they all are, but I don't want to look back in a few years and worry/regret not spending enough time with her while she's young. Does that make sense? Anyone else worry about this?
Some days we're barely together at all because of school, work, hobbies, friends, other commitments, early nights etc....would that be okay with you? It doesn't seem right when we live in the same house to be distanced as much as we are. But what's the right balance? Quality time together every day? Or several times a week? And how long for at a time...one hour? more?
I don't have a clue what the right balance is for this, how long and how often quality time should be between parents and kids of school age. What is your opinion on it? I just feel what we're doing at the moment doesn't sit well with me some days.
However there are also those days when I want that space and welcome the 'parenting break' too. Then feel guilty because it feels too much time apart when that happens.
By quality time together I mean actually being close physically and engaging in something together, whatever that may be. Not both being home but being in seperate rooms or doing seperate things...which is often how it is. And in the moment that seems fine, we're both enjoying what we're doing 'seperately', but later I feel bad about it and like we are missing time when we could be closer. Especially while she's still young (9).
Or am I freaking out about nothing? It never used to cross my mind until recently, I guess because she's getting older and it's sinking in she won't be a kid forever. Do you ever think about it? What's the right balance for you in regards to quality time with your children?