Let’s talk about how to spend quality time with your family.
Our family is a blessing. Unfortunately, sometimes we are too occupied with many things in our personal lives that we compromise the time to cultivate deep relationships with our family. However, despite our busy schedules, we need to make time for our loved ones. Spending time with our family keeps the bond and will help us understand each one more. There are no shortcuts to keeping the relationship close. You need to spend time with them.
Often it is not about the number of hours, but the quality of time we spend with them. You can spend hours with them physically, but that doesn’t guarantee quality time with them. Quality is much more important than quantity. It is essential to make the most out of every moment despite how long or short it is. Here are some reasons why quality time with family is necessary:
Spending quality time with your family helps strengthen the bond of each member. This will give the parents more opportunities to make their presence felt in the lives of their children. As a result, this will create a greater sense of security, especially for the children. By feeling that sense of security inside the home, children will become more open to their parents, making it easier for parents to know the current season of their children. In addition, by spending time with the family, each member will also have that sense of belongingness. They will feel that they are part of something special, which reduces the feeling of isolation.
Values are best learned at home. It is more caught than taught. By spending more time together, parents will have the opportunity to teach values to their children. This is important because children need to be nurtured and guided along the right path. It is the parents’ job to teach their children the right values. This will only happen if parents are intentional in spending time and showing their children those right values. As they say, children are great imitators. So what they see can easily be imitated in their lives. That is why parents must be intentional in demonstrating those right values to them.
To Show Kids That They Matter During Your Quality Time Together
You make time for the things and people that you value. By making time with your family, most especially with your kids, you communicate that they matter. Children seek attention, and parents should be the ones to provide the attention that your children need. Be there on special occasions like birthdays, graduations, or even in the little wins that your children have. Be there in times that they feel low. By spending time with them, you are making them realize that they matter.
Every family has a set of traditions that they passed on from generation to generation. Whether that is a simple daily routine that the family does, going to a restaurant once a month, or a special way to celebrate the holidays, traditions are best passed on when the family spends time together.
To Understand One Another During Your Quality Time Together
Spending time together makes you better understand one another. You’ll know what each one loves, even their pet peeves, as well as their fear. You’ll know how they respond to each situation because you know their context. You learn each other’s love language, strengths, and weaknesses. By spending time, you will learn more about the person, resulting in greater understanding at home.
The bottom line is to spend time with your family. There are a lot of ways to do that. You just have to be creative and intentional. You can make dinners memorable so that every member of the family should be present. You can do things together, even mundane things like doing the chore or exercising. You can eat together or travel together for the holidays. Or you can just simply engage your family in a conversation about life. The key is intentionality.