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Do you spend time with just your children daily?

I mean, no friends, no other family, no phone calls. Just you and your children reading, talking, playing a game, watching a movie, whatever? I am finding that I know more mothers that don't than mothers that do.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:34 PM on Aug. 5, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Ummm, yeah, not so much. We are a busy bunch, but I would say that every evening there is a period of time when there are no phone calls and no friends, but not no other family. Why would I want that? My husband is just as important as I am, and I feel like he should be there when we have family time. So I guess I fall into the no category of that answer.

    Answer by Petie at 11:36 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Yes... everyday. I'm a SAHM, but even when I wasn't I made sure that we had plenty of one-on-one.

    Answer by Rachel315 at 11:40 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • OP here

    I suppose I mean like family that doesn't live in the home. Like your siblings or parents or whatever. Just a bit of family time with no one else outside the household. I could consider you, Petie, in the yes category.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Every evening, for about an hour. I have an 11 month old. I work at a daycare & I have 2-3 year olds. I spend time w/ other people's children for 8 hours a day/5 days a week & it seems like ALL my time is devoted to them. And someone else is caring for my son. I need that special time w/ him. I was a SAHM for the first 7 months & I miss being able to be w/ my son and I what I wanted with him. Now I have to worry about disturbing someone's class if I want to go peek in an see my son. I miss him, so I definitely enjoy the time we "hang out" together...just the two of us.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:41 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Oh, OK, then YES. We do.

    Answer by Petie at 11:45 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • I have a teenager so often he is doing his own thing. We still make time to hang out together.

    Answer by ronjwake at 11:45 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • Yes

    Answer by pookipoo at 11:47 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • All the time. I'm a stay at home mom. =) I love spending one on one time with him. And when our other baby gets here I'm planning on spending time with both of them. We'll see how well that works out. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • yup, i'm a sahm, we eat dinner at the table no tv no phone calls (unless its daddy calling when he is deployed thats always allowed :) ), we play outside together when its nice, and read books every night at bed time. my daughter gets one on one mommy time when my baby is asleep, and my son get his one on one mommy time after my daughter goes to bed (he's still only 2 months so not exactly inclined to go to sleep at a normal time )

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:51 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • I spend pretty much all day every day with my son because I'm a SAHM. But when I go back to work I will make sure to spend time doing something with him every single day. Children need 1 on 1 time with their parents every day. Whether it's reading a book or cooking dinner together, 5 minutes or several hours. This is something that is VERY important to me.

    Answer by ronisaurus at 12:59 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

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