31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 26, Habit No. 5

Friday, October 26, 2012

Last, but not least, on this quest for quality time - The Hubs.

Celebrating my birthday a few weeks ago
Some time ago I read a parenting article where the author describe her family's ritual of "couch time." She was either a stay at home mom, or got home first. Either way, when her husband got home from work, she was there. They would try to exchange pleasantries and information, but some strange creatures - children, I think she called them - interrupted and made their conversation impossible.

Sound familiar?

Her solution was to invent a ritual called couch time. When her husband gets home from work, the two of them sit on their couch . . . and talk. The children cannot interrupt or disturb them. The couch becomes a sacred space and they enjoy 10 minutes of conversation. 

Sounds lovely.

As much as I love the concept, I don't see "couch time" working at my house. Our house is pretty chaotic when my husband gets home. Calling a parental time-out to talk would only add to the pre-dinner whininess and angst. I like the idea, though, of acknowledging each other in such an intentional way. So, I am going to start by simply asking, "How was your day?"

I may not get an answer for a hour an a half, but it's a start.

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  1. I know, I always feel bad when Brent walks into chaos after a long day. I am going to try to do this too!! Even just acknowledging him and coming over to the door as he comes in would be a good way to start. Usually I am in the middle of cooking or something but I need to make him a priority!