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19. Making time

Are you resources rich but time poor? Are you spoiling your kid to make up for your absence?

However busy your life is, your kids should be your number one priority. More than any career, happy well-adjusted children are your most important ‘achievement’.

There are so many demands on your time – work, commuting, shopping, housework – that it can be hard to make time to be a family, just hanging about, not necessarily doing much. Some of the best, most valuable ‘family time’ is not had when we are on planned trips or outings, but just rattling around the house, perhaps doing jobs together, eating together or watching a film. Incidental chat – the unplanned, no pressure conversation that goes on in these circumstances – is what ...

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