This year I have decided to spend more quality time with my family. And do you know what I will be doing – sitting on the sofa watching TV most evenings and weekends.
There used to be a time when I would schedule outings and activities every weekend to the extent that it took up most of the week arguing about where to go and what to do. We went on regular trips to London, museums, parks, ice-skating, picnics and clocked miles and miles on the car milometer.
All this was in aid of spending “quality time” with the family. But as I look back on the best of these times, then they were the ones which were spontaneous and natural. Like the time we ended up going to Namco’s and playing on the games and slot machines. We only did it because the movie we wanted to see was sold out.
The most natural thing we do as a family is watch TV together. When I say watch then I mean as they watch TV in the BBC programme “The Royle Family“. The TV is on, but we aren’t really watching anything. It is the only time in the day that we actually talk. The TV just provides a familiar background noise. And if the whole point of quality time is to get talking, then why not do it in the comfort of one’s own home.