"Are you "there" when you're there? Listen closely if your child says he misses you. Perception is reality for sevens.
If you're spending a lot of time around your child but he senses that your mind is somewhere else, he's picking up on the disconnect. This is a real risk in our computer- and cell-addicted culture. Consciously step away from your laptop after a certain hour. Turn off the pager if it's not critical. Put away the Blackberry when you're playing a board game.
In addition to creating "poor quality" quality time, you're setting an example that your child will naturally want to follow. Before long the whole family will be sitting together in the same room night after night, each person absorbed in his or her own screen. Sound far-fetched? It's happening all over the country right now — and the impressionable, curious, and lively age of 7 is too soon to get sucked down that road."