Family Time: 7 Reasons Family Time is Important

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Have you ever given thoughts to family time? Let’s be realistic; the inappropriate use of technological tools has eroded most of the good virtues that our grandparents and parents enjoyed decades ago. Hey! Did you notice that I didn’t lay blame on the advancement in the technological sector, but am laying blame on individuals behind them? That’s precisely the reality! 

However, you could argue and say, I don’t have a problem with either social networking or its correlating technological innovations. So what exactly is the problem? Your busy schedules and weighty responsibilities that you have to attend to? Oh! Now I see where you are coming from. 

Well, I’m not writing this to condemn you. That you could come to read about this shows you want to have a change. Realistically, family time is important. Why there are ways to create family time, I’ll begin with something to stir your heart, and in our future post, I’ll highlight genuine ways to make family time works. 

Now, consider if investing in family time will worth a while. Isn’t that the most critical step to take? I’m getting you a comprehensive look into this subject of family time. Can I please take you around and gently walk you from point to point in considering the reasons family time is important? If you agree, you are warmly welcome!

7 Reasons Family Time is Important

1. Accepting Differences in Each Other

Even in a nuclear family, two individuals aren’t exactly similar in characters. Therefore, it could be challenging for members to focus on each other’s strengths. Instead, what they focus on are each other’s flaws.

Family time will allow each member to value differences that exist. For example, it will teach you tolerance, help you understand a family member’s interests, gifts, and respect everyone’s space, no matter how small a person is. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Assign roles based on interests 
  • Give commendation based on an individual’s output 
  • Encourage Generally 

2. Strong Family Bond

Creating family time strengthens family bond. When family time is spent together, deep and strong relationships are developed. It lets your kids feel secure and help them understand that they are going to be listened to if they have any concerns or issues. Yes, there is no objection; your kids need a sense of belonging and security. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Make it very relaxing 
  • Learn to smile while you are enjoying your time 
  • Often remember to use these words: “I love you, thank you, I’m sorry, and Please.”

3. Time to Listen and Talk

Do you hurriedly listen to your child as he or she speaks because of your time, and even after speaking, you say, “Oh honey, I will see what I can do about that.” Have you done something yet? The chances are that your time won’t make that a possibility.

Don’t panic; you can still remedy it. Just create a family time where you can abundantly listen to whatever anyone in the family has to say, and yes, when you express yourself and listen well, you will reassure them of your love, timely correction, and in fact, you can lovingly set some standards you will all need to live by. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Listen more than you talk 
  • Show gestures that will assure that you are following up. Occasionally nods and give other appealing gestures 
  • Don’t yell, don’t be harsh, be friendly 

If you have to attend to something in a moment, take an excuse, ask the person to pause, then when you are done, ask him or her to resume. 

4. To Inculcate Life’s Important Lessons

Yes, you’ve been through lots in life, your youngsters are just growing up, they are inexperienced. This world is not a safe haven.

And if you fail to teach your kids, you will regret the characters they will come home with. Creating a family time will help you fight off this potential havoc that could be done on your child and fill him or her with good virtues. Don’t let them learn it elsewhere; don’t learn the hard way either. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Ask them questions to seek their opinions and then discuss the matter together 
  • Before the scheduled meeting time, you could ask them to research so that everyone can have something to say
  • Don’t wreck your role, yet do it tactfully and with wisdom 

5. Avenue to Display Affection, Encouragement, and Appreciation

When was the last time you genuinely call your child to either thank him for one small or big task that he did sometimes ago? Can you remember the last time you encouraged him to do more, either at school or at home? When was the last time you indeed showed your child affection

All these matter! Family time is indeed a suitable avenue to either give hugs, hold hands, expresses thoughtfulness, and show kindness to each other. If your kids get these in abundance, they are prone to do better in school than their peers who don’t get it. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Express affection at the start of the meeting. 
  • While the program is on, encourage each one. 
  • When the meeting ends appreciate and show love.

6. Keeping in Touch With Friends and Relatives 

If you wouldn’t limit your family time to those within your nuclear family, that’s superb.

Even though it might need to be occasional, times spent together will help instill in the heart of your family members that they aren’t alone; they have relatives to meet if they need any advice; they can then make good friends among them instead of being exposed to the cruelty in the world. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Tell them the motive of your meeting 
  • While you need to be selective, ensure you are visiting those who have robust moral code
  • Before you leave home, appeal to your kids and everyone in your family to cooperate and participate maximally. 

7. Chores Sharing

Do you want your kids to be responsible? Then right from childhood, don’t fail to assign them roles according to their age and ability. If they’ve grown up, you can use family time to understand what task each child loves.

For example, you could decide that both you and your kids will dust and do a thorough cleaning of the lounge, kitchen, or toilet. Sharing tasks like these teach them how to be responsible adults. 

How to Achieve This:

  • Mix humor and encouragement 
  • Don’t punish nor issue threats 
  • Give rewards for duties, even though small. Rewards could come in any form. Choose the ones convenient for you. 

Conclusion

Does the importance of family time remain an illusion to you? These seven points tailored with tips would have helped you see why family time is highly important. Don’t procrastinate; before this month ends, fix a day or two when you will have small and meaningful family time. 

Sure, vacation is one way you can have family time, but it doesn’t stop at that. In our subsequent post, we will be highlighting ways in which family time could be arranged. I know you’d want to build a stronger family, don’t hesitate to keep these points at heart. Stay well!

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