The importance of Family Time
Children, from birth to adulthood, need time and attention from their parents. The impact of personal interaction cannot be underestimated. The importance of family time has a bearing on the social and emotional maturity of children and establishes deep understanding among family members.
The role of the family can have a significant impact on emotional and behavioural issues in children. A number of studies have recommended spending quality time with children as the first step to raising happy children who will make a positive contribution to society.
The ultimate goal of family time is to create opportunities for all members of the family to love and understand each other, in the process growing happy, well-adjusted children.
The following benefits further reinforce the importance of family time:
Fosters communication Being together as a family creates opportunities to have important family discussions. Your children are more likely to open up to you if you’re spending quality time together away from your normal routines. Maybe they have questions they want to be answered or are having troubles and seek your advice. Spending time together could be all the encouragement they need to ask you a tough question they’ve been pondering on or open up about an issue that is troubling them.
Helps build confidence and self-esteem Spending quality time together provides an opportunity for parents to discover what their children’s strengths and weaknesses are. It also opens the door to sharing new experiences together which can help build confidence and improve self-esteem. The more opportunities a child has to experience and excel at various activities, the greater the self-confidence will be.
Provides opportunities to role model Parents are a child’s greatest and most influential teachers. Spending time as a family provides parents with the opportunity to role model the behaviour that they expect of their children. It’s important for children to see how their parents cope with risks, problems, and social interactions. We all grow into versions of our own parents at some point!
Teaches children vital social skills Good social skills are essential in adolescence. It can be challenging for teenagers to understand appropriate social behaviour and navigate sticky social situations. Spending quality time as a family allows the opportunity for children to practice social skills at home in a natural context. Playing board games together can help children to resolve conflict and come to a mutual understanding, for example.
Provides bonding opportunities There is no doubt that creating shared memories together goes a long way toward strengthening family ties and bonds. Trying new experiences, supporting one another, and communicating are positive steps toward building healthy relationships.
Improves mental health When spending time together, children can voice their thoughts and feelings and seek advice about issues that have been troubling them. Participating in happy, shared experiences can also have a profound effect on mental wellbeing. Experiencing the great outdoors and enjoying positive social interactions are known to reduce stress hormones and help the body become calm.
Helps a child feel loved If a child has your undivided attention, it signals that they are loved and important to you. This can be further nurtured by experiencing joyful activities together, as it demonstrates that you want to spend time with your children over and above all of the daily demands.
The key to spending positive family time together that will enhance positive relationships is to give your full attention. Don’t schedule family time if your mind has to be elsewhere.
This article was obtained from the EACS Website