Making Time Count

  • Put specific times on your calendar each week when you will spend time with your children.  During that time, focus your love and attention on your child.
  • Use car time to talk with your children.  There’s no phone or TV to interfere.  No one can get up and leave.  And kids know they really have your ear.
  • Plan to eat at least one meal together as a family each day.
  • Look for things to do together as a family.  Get everyone involved in choosing how to spend your time together.
  • Try giving children TV tickets.  Each week, each child gets 20 TV tickets.  Each ticket can be used for 30 minutes of TV time.
  • Any tickets re­maining at the end of the week can be cashed in for 25 cents each.  Parents can still veto a certain pro­gram, of course.
This information was prepared by Dr. John W. Wherry, President, The Parent Institute.  Copyright © 2000, The Parent Institute, P.O. Box 7474, Fairfax Station, VA 22039-7474, 1-800-756-5525.  Permission is granted for noncommercial reproduction of this material if this credit message is included.

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