The difference between special time and quality time

David Palmiter, PhD ABPP Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the differences between special time and quality time spent with your children
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The difference between special time and quality time

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One of the most important messages I have for parents and my own self as a parent is the difference between special time and quality time. They are both good things. Quality times something else is capturing my attention like going to baseball game with my son or going to a movie with my daughter but when I do special time all I'm doing is paying attention to what my child is doing. Giving them positive feedback about it and letting them know what they mean to me. So, one is like 70% attention and the other is 100%. I ask parents, imagine what it will be like to have someone that matters to you, watch you for an hour a week and give you feedback that's truthful and proportionate about the good of what you're doing. For many of this would be like a warm fire on a cold tundra. For these kids are extremely powerful and much more powerful than quality time.
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David Palmiter, PhD ABPP Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on the differences between special time and quality time spent with your children

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David Palmiter, PhD, ABPP

Psychologist & Author

Dr. David Palmiter is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Marywood University, the President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (2012-2013), a practicing and board-certified clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, a Public Education Coordinator for the American Psychological Association, author of an award winning parenting book (times three), dad (of 3.0 children; 3.5 if you count the neurotic dog) and husband (of over 22 years to Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, who says she has 4.0 children as she counts David). Dr. Palmiter has over three dozen professional publications to his credit, has given over 200 continuing education workshops around the country and has completed over 300 public education projects, including for outlets such as the LA Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and O Magazine. A central aspect of his professional mission is to put air under the wings of parents as they try to raise happy and self-actualized children. 

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