According to Eckhart Tolle, the greatest gift we can give our children is to give them our undivided attention. When we are fully present for our children, we are connecting with them with all our senses and offering our unconditional love. This conscious effort counteracts stress they are faced with throughout the day.
I remember speaking to a therapist and feeling guilty, that as a single working mother, I didn’t feel like I spent enough ‘quality’ time with my boys and the time we had seemed utilitarian, i.e. cooking, dressing, homework, etc. (during the week). She told me that 20 minutes of devoted and completely present attention from me would overcome any obstacle put in our path. I’m glad I listened.