In a time where life is full of long work days, millions of extra-murals, early bedtimes and packed weekends, we decided to look at why quality time as a whole family is not only important but extremely necessary for you and your kiddos.
Sometimes it is hard to prioritise this sort of time together. As parents you want to provide the best things for your kiddo so you work long hours to earn well BUT the best thing you can actually give your kiddo is your time. Make sure that when you're spending time with him that you give undivided attention. Yes, that means putting away your iPhone.
Family time is important because it brings security to your kiddo and boosts his self-esteem. After a long day of school, being bullied at lunch and maybe a bad test score, your kiddo may be feeling insecure and unsure of himself. Spending time with those who love him most will replenish the confidence and security that got depleted during the day.
Spending time together also strengthens the emotional bonds between family members. So when times get tough or something unexpected happens, your kiddo feels emotionally safe with you even though his world may seem very unstable.
Family time promotes positive behaviour. Studies have shown that children who spend more time with their parents are less likely to try harmful things or give into peer pressure. By spending time with your kiddos more, you are actively helping them have a better future.
Happy memories are created in the small moments spent as a family. Your kiddos will be able to look back at a happy childhood and remember that time that dad fetched them from school early to see an afternoon movie or the time mom took them on a mini adventure on a Saturday morning. These memories are only made when you choose to make them with your kiddos.
So why not build your kiddos self-esteem, strengthen the bonds between you, promote positive behaviour and make some amazing memories? You can, just leave work early, put down your iPhone and show up.
Our favourite ways to spend family time:
1. Playing board games in front of the fire.
2. Taking a long walk around the neighbourhood.
3. Chatting around the dinner table.
4. Reading a fun novel each night at story time - we suggest The Fantastic Flying Journey!
5. Going for a special after-bedtime ice cream as a special treat.
Top image by Andrew Slyfox.