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Make Time For Family!

on May 15, 2014

 

Importance of ” Family Time “

What is “family time” and why is it so important? We are hearing more and more references to family time from different experts on child rearing. There have been studies done to show that this time spent with familial members is crucial in the mental well-being of a child. There have been studies that show this time could make the difference in your having an adolescent that is out of control and having an adolescent that is dependable and easy to communicate with.

Family time allows you to establish a bond with your children that can never be broken and will never be forgotten. You should make at least on specific time in the day and the week as family time. Dinner time is generally considered to be family time in most homes. During dinner most people like to sit around the table with the whole family and discuss their days and the things they need done the next day. These evening hours give you the chance to find out what is happening in the life of your child and gives them time to find out what is happening in your life.

Family game night is popular in m any households. On family game night there are no guests and the family participates in things like board games together. The playing of these games gives your family a chance to bond and interact with one another. Remember that during family game night the telephones are turned off as well as all of the other electronic devices. You want to have time together with no distractions, and to show your children that they are the most important things in your life.

Family time builds trust between the members of the familial group. The act of spending time together unites parents to children, children to parents, and siblings to each other. These bonds are crucial to a family’s happiness and survival.

Family time gives each member of the family an opportunity to see the other members of their family in a different light. If the kids see dad dressed for work and leaving each morning, and then returning home late in the evening tired and stressed they really do not get a clear picture of who their dad is. During family time dad gets to relax and allow the children to see the casual side of their father.

A good way to spend some family time is in front of a fire and telling stories. Not ghost stories, but family remembrances. Mom and dad can tell stories of things they have seen and done and the children can ask questions and tell stories of their own. Some families are musically inclined and they play instruments and sing together, it does not matter what you are doing as long as you are unplugged from the world and your attention is on your family members only.

Do not forget to include aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents in some of your family time activities. Make homemade ice cream under a shade tree and tell stories. Just get together and be together.


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