“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues…are created, strengthened and maintained.” – Winston Churchill.
We all know that our family is of paramount importance in shaping our future by building our character, relationships, and confidence. It won’t be exaggerated to say that what we achieve today is the result of our family values and the quality family time we have spent together. When a family spends quality time together and shares things, the children of that family develop a sense of belonging to the family, and their tendency to get involved in dangerous activities drops. A strong family bonding provides a child with a sense of security that enables him to stand strong at life’s testing times. If we ignore the importance of family time, our children would be deprived of some basic nourishments. The fun, laughter, and togetherness that we can provide to our children by spending family time have many other benefits also.
In this togetherness, we get the opportunity of one to one communication with every member of our family. Keeping away our gadgets and other possible distractions, we have to enjoy each other’s company to spend quality time together. We can play some games together, enjoy some activities or just exchange feelings or experiences. This dedicated family time forms our children’s personality and contributes to their happiness and well-being immensely.
IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY TIME:
1. CREATE A STRONG BOND:
Spending quality time is the easiest way for us to create a strong emotional bond with our children and other family members. Owing to our busy schedule, most of the time, we can’t provide proper attention and care to all the emotional needs of our children. It causes frustrations and unhappiness in many cases, and children stop sharing their feelings and experiences with us. As a result, keeping us in the dark, they become vulnerable to some dangerous mistakes and activities. So, to save our children from various threats of the unknown world, we have to consider the importance of special family time. Children don’t need expensive gifts and exotic holiday destinations to be happy. Our love, care, and undivided attention are all they need to be happy and successful in life.
2. INSTILL FAMILY VALUES:
When we spend quality time together, it strengthens our relationships with one another in the family. Kids learn to respect the elders and become caring and responsible to others. They also learn to be there by the side of anyone who needs help and support. Family time can be an essential factor that helps children in coping with the challenges of life confidently and successfully. In addition to this, children become compassionate to others and learn to respect other’s opinions. As they remain connected to one another emotionally, a sense of security and belongingness stops them to take any wrong steps that can malign the values and reputation of the family. Trust and understanding between each other increases when family members interact and spend quality time together.
3. TAKE CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH:
A child growing up in an emotionally bonded family faces less mental health issues because he knows how to communicate with others and express his feelings. He learns to recover quickly from difficult situations. Not only a child, but adults also get an opportunity to vent out their anger and frustration if the bonding of family members is strong. When we spend time with family members by playing indoor games or doing some activities together, it uplifts our mood instantly. Some board games increase the memory, concentration, and decision making power in the children.
At the same time, if a child gets nurtured in the atmosphere of a strong familial bond, he learns to work as a team. This kind of mindset allows a child to be successful in his future endeavors. Besides, we can’t ignore the importance of dinner time enjoyed together as a family. Children who have their dinner with family are less likely to show tantrums during mealtime.
4. DEVELOP ADJUSTMENT POWER:
A child’s behaviour and character get shaped by his environment and relation to others. If he grows in an atmosphere of love, care and mutual understanding, he becomes a caring and responsible person. Strong bonding among family members makes a child more resilient. The importance of family time is that it stops a child from being selfish and self-centred. The child also learns it that sometimes we can be immensely happy by giving priority to other’s happiness.
5. IMPROVE OVERALL PERFORMANCE:
When parents or other elders in the family spend time with children by getting involved with their studies and provide the necessary guidance, children do better in schools. Encouragement from the parents motivates a child to perform better in all aspects of life. Parents can keep the children focused by spending some time regularly with them and discussing their plans and progress so far. By communicating with them openly about their dreams, goal, and objectives, parents can influence the children to be happy and successful.
So we can’t replace our familial bond with anything to raise happy and successful children. Most importantly, it gives our children some precious moments that can change their entire life, some valuable memories they can cherish throughout their lifetime.