Quantity or Quality Time?

Kara Powell | Aug 19, 2010

Reggie Joiner has become a valued friend and he handed me his new book (co-authored with Carey Nieuwhof) last week called Parenting Beyond Your Capacity.

I love the way Reggie and Carey address the debate regarding whether parents should invest quantity or quality time with their kids. They write, Its not quantity or quality time you need as a family its the quantity of quality times.

Beautiful.

As with so many so-called debates, the best answer is a creative both/and combination. Parents need as much quality time as possible with their kids.

So the next time you wonder that yourself as a parent, or youre having a discussion with a parent about time with their kids, feel free to share the importance of great quantity of great quality times.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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