How much time should I spend with my child?

A great deal has been discussed and written in recent years about `quality' versus `quantity'. In essence, each family has its own particular routines, work commitments and time restrictions. The aim is to spend time on a regular and consistent basis, where the child can predict there will be time to spend with their parents. Whether it be each night before bed, in the bath, reading a story, playing outside or in the park, having time where conversation and general chatting can occur in a relaxed way, or enjoying and playing together regularly, is important for each child.