We are in an interesting time as a human race. Since 2020, the way we live has completely changed; our daily lives have shifted and we’ve had to adapt how we work, learn, socialise and engage with one another. While we each have our own lives, and are each individually affected by the impact of Covid-19; we are also experiencing this as a collective.
There was a time when it was easy for life to become busy. Juggling work – with some parents bringing that work home of a night or weekend; fitting in household maintenance and taking care of the family with any extra-curricular activities throughout the week… some people didn’t have much or any time for themselves.
One thing that this has forced us to do is slow down – and I hope anyone who has greatly been impacted by the virus has been able to access any and all needed support. It has given people time which they not have had before; and for some parents that is quality time with their children.
Quality time is when you give your child/children your undivided attention away from work, your phone and/or emails. It helps provide a space to strengthen bonds, instil values and allow children to feel safe and comfortable in expressing themselves. A key factor in quality time is a parents’ warmth and sensitivity to their child during these moments.
What ‘Quality Time’ means to each person may slightly differ. Whether is reading their favourite book, or helping them with spelling their name, to playing in their imaginative worlds – you have to know what quality time is to you and your child. Studies have shown that a working mother today will spend as much time looking after her child/children as a stay-at-home mother back in the 1970’s. So, it’s important that parents don’t feel guilty for not spending enough time with their kids!
A large-scale longitudinal study posted in the The Journal of Family and Marriage found that there was no relationship between the quantity of time spent with a child and how they would turn out, having minimal impact on adolescence. Kids in fact NEED to have time on their own to develop cognitive and social functions.
These online music classes have been adapted from previous lessons I have created to help teach children music. Opposed to putting on a video online; I wanted to promote parental engagement to create another way for you to spend quality time with your child or children.
To make learning as stress-free as possible, each lesson is simple and easy to understand. With explanations for each activity or exercise, these music lessons are a great way to help stimulate any youngsters mind during a time when you may be feeling a little lost in what to do! And who knows, you might learn something too 😊