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Making T.I.M.E. Today For Our Loved Ones


This blog describes techniques to spend quality time with your child

I get it. You’ve been told countless times that you must make time for your loved ones. You can even recall the different times when you shared the different reasons why you simply can’t squeeze out the extra time already because of the long hours of work, tight deadlines, and endless meetings after meetings. So in this article, I will just give you just ideas about how you can make “T.I.M.E.” for your loved ones and let you consider for yourselves what works? And I promise to make it short because, no time, I get it.


Making time for our loved ones can be taught in these ways:


T – Touch

Touch is an important part of becoming closer to your child

Yes, taking time to touch, express affection, give hugs, and kisses and just a simple act of holding hands on a consistent or even surprise them can be amazing! Do this to your spouse, and your kids and allow your child to grow up in an environment the celebrates intimacy and connection. Try it!


I – Involvement

Doing an activity with your child is a very good way to spend quality together

Especially for children, we have to find ways to be involved in their activities somehow. You don’t need to be with them all the time but simply be least in one of those activities in their growing up years can go a long way. When is the last time you attended and watched their school performance? Joined them to observe the games and shows that they are watching?


M – Meals

Make it a habit to interact with your child during meal time

Let’s face it. We need to eat no matter how busy we are. So that’s the one common denominator amongst any age across our loved ones. So how about trying to do something that we all need to do with just one loved one if we can? And having the whole family together is a bonus! So do start looking at your weekly schedules together. Plan towards one common slot that everyone tries to come together for this meal.


E – Express words of affirmation

Include words of affirmation to our children as a habit

We can be really stingy with our words of affirmation to our children at times. A simple reminder to them of “I love you” on a constant basis can deposit into their emotional tanks in the long haul. Or it can be as simple as “thank you for trying your best” even though they may not be scoring 100 marks, it’s the effort that we want to celebrate. Alright at the end of the day, in our context of a busy cosmopolitan society like Singapore, let’s strive to make “T.I.M.E.” for our loved ones so that we can see our family relationships strengthened.


Today if you are struggling a little as a parent and would like some input and coaching, feel free to drop me a note at joe@coachjoechan.com. I will be happy to provide you with some perspectives and coach you to be the best version of yourself!


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About the author:

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*Coach Joe Chan offers coaching services for parents and young people who have different concerns at home. He specializes in coaching parents to overcome their communication issues with their children by creating solutions together with them in the shortest time possible. With his training in social work, coaching and therapy, along with 20 years of fieldwork experience with youth and families, he is confident to bring your parenting to the next level.


For more information, check out his website here.


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