Today’s life is busy for everyone. As a result, spending time with family is less likely to happen every day. But family time is very important to children, time together as a family gives children a deeper sense of their own identity, and where they come from. In today’s modern life, family time is one of the greatest things that you can give them.
Here’s why you should make family time a priority:
Strengthens family bonds
Families who spend time together, share and enjoy group activities, build a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to new situations as a family. You can share your favourite hobbies, sports, books, movies or other activities.
Builds children’s self-esteem
Children who spend time with their parents, participating in activities together build a positive sense of self-confidence. When children know that they are valued by their parents, they feel more positive about themselves. Family activities may not be expensive trips like going out, the important part here is just being together. You could go for a walk/ride or play a game together.
Develops positive behaviours
Little ones who spend more time with their parents are less likely to get involved in risky behaviours. Children who frequently eat with their family members usually have improved dietary intake compared to those who don’t eat as often with family members.
When you spend time with your children, you create an environment for them to open up or have an open communication. Good communication is important for your children to feel comfortable with you talking about anything. Simply asking your child how their day has gone can make a big difference.
Helps your child perform better in Academics
Spending time with your children, helping them with school homework or reading together, especially in their early years, will create an environment that values academics. If your child feels comfortable coming to you with school work rather than hiding it, they are more likely to perform better academically.
Helps your child to be a good friend
Children learn from what they see and undergo. You can set a good example for them by spending time together, they are more likely to adopt those behaviors in other relationships in their lives. It can be as simple as sitting together and talking to each other, it will help them understand more about the importance of interacting with others. Adopting these practices will give you more opportunities to teach them good etiquettes like sharing, kindness and honesty.
Make sure you make the most of every little chance that you get to spend time with your little bundle of joy. Spend more time, spread more joy and always make them feel loved!