There’s no better investment in your children than spending quality time with them. One of the best ways to do this – and one that can be challenging to many of us – is to enter into the world of your “other person” and let them decide what to do.
Applying the “Bread over Stones” approach to Quality Time
My podcast guest – and Bread over Stone hero – is none other than my wife, Martha. This week Martha undertook a great challenge for her. She learned to play the Pokemon trading card game with our son. For someone who had never played a trading card game, this was a huge step. But the best part was that for the price of a little time – and some cards (she borrowed my deck) – a mom had the chance to have a profound impact on her son.
The Quality Time Challenge:
Why are you listening to this podcast? Or – more importantly – for whom are you listening? A spouse? Child? Significant other?
Whoever it is, take some time out with them this week
- Do an activity around the house (play a game, do a puzzle, watch cat videos on YouTube)
- Go out somewhere where your “other person” wants to go. No string attached – let them choose.
That’s it. No strings attached. No ulterior motives. Just play on their terms and observe what happens!
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Martha Morgan is one of the voices of the Bread over Stones podcast. She has worked varied jobs from building wiring harnesses to working in a deli. Her favorite endeavor is to be a wife and mother; she’s a mom of one – a high-spirited 8-year-old boy – and has been married to her husband Matthew for over 20 years. She currently works as a child-care provider for two amazing toddlers.
Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC
Today’s show is hosted by Matthew Morgan, a licensed professional clinical counselor in Ohio. Matthew’s favorite roles are as a husband and father. He also is known for loving his coffee. See more about Matthew here
Behind the Podcast Thoughts:
I love “catching” people doing good things – and to hear my wife learning to take an interest in the activities my son loved was an amazing experience. I knew that I wanted to have her on the show to talk about quality time with our kids – but I wasn’t sure if she’d agree. She has always excelled at the behind-the-scenes activities. When she said she’d come on, I was thrilled – and this has definitely been my favorite podcast to date.