What is “Quality Time?”

Posted on: Saturday, September 17th, 2011
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Survey sez…

  • 32% of parents play computer games with their children every day
  • 80% described this as quality time

Source:  PopCap Games

Screen living continues to turn us on.  If 80% of parents say Guitar Hero kicks butt over Guitar Lessons, then bring on Milli Vanilli.  If two out of three play games daily with their children, then bye-bye badminton.

Hey, who can blame the ‘rents?  Our best diversions may have been Donkey Kong, Rockem’ Sockem’ Robots, or perhaps a bike.  As one dad snickered to me when I was barking about our kids’ digital jones,

C’mon.  You’re just jealous ‘cuz they have cooler stuff than you did.”

No doubt.  Still, there are still countless “cool” alternatives awaiting those open to off-screen quality time with their kids…

11  Quality Time Alternatives to Playing Computer Games with Your Children

  1. Take guitar lessons and play that thing.
  2. Bake a cake.  (Box will do.)
  3. Go to outdoor sports event and get noisy.
  4. Play cards, backgammon, checkers, or chess.
  5. Light a bonfire, with plenty of flaming marshmallows.
  6. Chase; young kids love it.
  7. Read things out loud.
  8. Play catch.
  9. Dig out their old 3D toys.
  10. Make hand-made cards for faraway friends.
  11. Fish.

What’s your idea of quality time?  What would you add to the list?  I’m listening…

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