As a mom of six I can tell you with 99.99% accuracy every parents goal is to raise well-rounded, successful children. In this fast paced world that we live in it is easy to get lost and lose track of family interaction time. There are many things that we can invest our time in and I can honestly tell you that there is not an investment wiser than spending quality time with family. Family such a simple yet so powerful of a word that is often times belittled to simply meaning a couple of individuals living together under the same roof because sometimes we get to wrapped up in dropping off/picking up at school, racing to extracurricular activities and supervising homework.
This is why it is important for us to spent family interactive time (quality time) together. Interactive time ensures that families become groups of people who are connected together, sharing in on the good and bad. Just in case you were uncertain of the long term effects of Family Interactive time I am here to show you there are quite a few benefits of family time together.
1. Family Bond Strengthening
The more time you spend together doing leisure activities the stronger your family bond will be. Now don’t worry having to spend a ton of money to make family time possible. Because you don’t always need to take part in elaborate activities. My kids can tell you some of their fondest memories have been taking part in low-cost activities such as playing a board game, a card game such as UNO, Old Maid, or Go Fish. You could even have the family take up gardening. Now one of our summer favorites is playing outdoors. It’s really just any activity in which you and your family are interacting and enjoying together. Activities like this actually have a big impact on your family. I have found that when you play games together it actually make everybody in the family feel closer emotionally to each other. Why you may ask well playing games helps a child learn patience, good sportsmanship, how to deal with losing and winning. They may not seems like much but in the long run dealing with issues like this while playing games together is always a good thing.
2. Child’s Academic Performance Improvement
Now the academic success of a child is especially when they are young a combined effort of both the child and the parents. Why the parents you ask? Well, parent provide hours of help and guidance when children need it during homework time. As a parent we encourage our children to do well. You can make this an interactive event by simply making it a habit of asking about their day and what they learned. I have found that by doing something this simple can actually help your child to understand the importance of learning and to get attention for doing well. I particularly like incorporating stuff they are learning into cooking the kitchen or when we are out and about I find it makes it more real to them.
3. Helps Kids Learn from you
Time together with the parents helps the kids develop great social skills. As strange as it may sound, it really is true. We all know that kids learn by example. If you set a good example on how to behave with your children, they will remember them that in their day-to-day life and will try to incorprate it in themselves. Here is a simple example my oldest was helping one of her younger brothers with his 100 day project. She volunteered to help him on her own and they were taking turns and being polite to each other. It was one of those moments that makes a mamas heart fill up with happiness. She told him I am gonna help you with your project the way Mom always helps us. It was a priceless moment to be cherished.
4. Less Behavioral Problems
Children who communicate with their parents tend to have less behavioral problems. Why you may ask? Well, if you help your children talk through problems when they are little, they will naturally do the same as they are in their teen years. This is an important step because teenagers tend to go through a lot of hard moments. It is important for them to know that they can always come and seek advice from a caring parent. If they know they can come to you whenever they find themselves in a situation then chances are they are likely act out less and choose a wiser decision for their problems.
5. Happiness & Self-Confidence
Did you know that a lot of who we are is developed when we are kids? We develop a sense of belonging from a very young age. So, it would make sense that the more time we spend interacting with our family the stronger our sense of belonging becomes. Which ultimately is what we as parents want, for our kids to feel like they belong. Because the stronger we feel like we belong the happier our children will be which in turn will make us happier. This in turn will lead to your child having high self-confidence.
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Keep on making those wonderful family memories,