Your Relationships: Quality Time

Now that I’ve gone back to work, the time I can spend with my son is very limited. When I get home from work, he’s already in bed. So our time together consists of nighttime feedings and a few hours in the morning before I drop him off at Nana’s house. I would love to take advantage of the time we have, but there are, of course, a million and one other things that need to be done in my “free” time as well. What’s a girl to do?

At the same time, since our son has been born, my husband and I haven’t exactly had a lot of time together either — at least not without the peanut tagging along! We’ve become parents, but we’re still a couple, too. How do we keep our relationship strong?

I recently spent a couple of hours with a friend whom I hadn’t seen more than twice in the last year and a half. Ever time we get together we comment on how long it’s been. How can I find more time for friends?

Any relationship, whether it’s mother/child, husband/wife, friends, etc. needs quality time to flourish. It’s not necessarily quantity; it’s quality. At least that’s what everyone says! But if the quality time is limited to tiny bits of time here and there, is that enough? How do we know?

I think it comes down to a feeling. Do you still feel connected with the person or do you feel like you’re drifting apart? If it’s the latter, maybe it’s time to make more time. Maybe you’re not making that relationship enough of a priority. Maybe something else can wait so you can have a little more quality time with that person who  matters.

I know my priorities need a little tweaking. I know my relationships need more of my attention. At the moment I feel like I’m being pulled in a thousand different directions. But I don’t see that changing any time soon. So I need to make some changes. Looks like it’s time to add a new goal to the list!


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