Family time isn’t just for fun, days out or for something to do, it can have a serious beneficial effect on children’s upbringing and helps to shape who they are. Sometimes parents worry about not being able to afford branded clothes, the latest gadgets or games consoles, but it’s often forgotten that time spent together can be the most important thing of all. Here are 5 reasons why you should make quality family time a priority:
- Strengthens family bonds
Studies have found that families who make time to enjoy activities together and share quality time, develop strong relationships and have the ability to adapt well to changes or challenges as a family.
- Creating memories
Spending time together creates warm and special memories for both parents and children. Children with happy memories are more likely to grow up feeling accepted and able to provide a loving environment with good memories for their own children when they grow up.
- Relieves tensions and stress
Having a close connection to your family means that children will feel they can talk to you about a bad day if they’ve had one, when they’re feeling upset or angry. Being able to have open conversations about feelings can relieve any tensions or stresses, leading to a happier household.
- Develops and nurtures positive behaviours
Children and adolescents who spend more time bonding with their parents have a positive outlook and develop positive behaviours from influencing loved ones. A 2012 study showed that children who regularly bonded with their families performed better in school and were less likely to abuse substances as an adolescent.
- Builds self-esteem
Children who take part in activities and frequent bonding with their parents develop a positive sense of self-worth. When children feel valued, they feel more positive about themselves and have a positive outlook on their future. Bonding at home makes children more sociable and able to make friends at school or otherwise.
The best part is, family bonding doesn’t need to be expensive or costly. Whether it’s baking a cake, going for a walk, playing a board game or even kicking a ball around the garden, there are many ways to spend positive time together doing activities that both parents and children enjoy, to build stronger relationships and family foundations.