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  •  It's a matter of phrasing, really (none)
    You nailed it better than I could.

    It's a matter of quantity of time, not just quality.  I hear that a lot - "I am going to spend some quality time with JR afte the game on Sunday".  

    Quantity counts.  A lot.  "Quality" time usually means the amusement park, shopping, video games, or other substitute filler.  It hardly means doing house work together, or reading, or doing charity work, etc.

    But it can certainly be done if parents think carefully about what is really a necessity and what is just fluff.
    Absolutely.  So right you are.

    I've found it helps to phrase it accurately.

    Parents who spend more time with children love their children more than parents who slough off raising them to others out of conveience or to maintain a certain lifestyle.  That's the bottom line.  If are working to afford luxuries instead of taking care of your child you don't love your child as much as some parents.  

    •  "quality time"- inaccurate, misleading (none)
      A. The phrase "quality time" is dangerous, because its  inaccurate and misleading.

      The real answer is "quantity time."  

      B.  Every parent must ask himself/herself -

      (1) How many hours a day do you spend with your child?

      (2) Who should pay the PRICE - your child or you?

      And you thought there was free lunch, when it came to parenting. Darn. :-)

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