Spending time with your family can be a lot of fun. It’s often looked at as being something that you have to make time for or as something that is not a necessity. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that giving your time to your loved ones is extremely important.Here are some reasons why your family should be your top priority.
- It builds self-esteem in children
Children who spend time with their parents through participating in activities together will build up a sense of self-worth. When children feel like they are important to their parents, they feel more positive about who they are. It’s important to note that family activities don’t have to be expensive such as a grand vacation. It could be as simple as having a game night or going on bike rides together. The important part is being together and enjoying one another’s company.
- It strengthens family bonds
Families who don’t spend time together drift apart and don’t develop open communication with one another. Not saying that families who don’t spend time together don’t love, care, and have strong forms of communication. It’s just a lot less likely. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities actually share stronger emotional bonds. They are able to bond over a hobby that everyone enjoys. If families share hobbies, books, music, movies, etc. they build stronger family ties.
- It develops positive behaviors
Children and adolescents who spend more time with their parents are less likely to experience substance abuse such as alcohol, marijuana, or cigarettes. According to studies performed by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teens who don’t have family dinners often are twice as likely to use tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol, and one and half times more likely to try marijuana. This is not to assume that every child who doesn’t have family dinners is going to become an addict, but they will search for other things that make them feel included. Such as a friend group who all smokes that may become like a “family” to them.
- It creates happy memories
Memories, no matter how old a child or parent gets, are something that you can never take away. Family time creates a happy atmosphere for both parents and the children. Learning to work together as a family, for instance, while learning a new sport will bring the family together as a unit. This is a great developmental strategy for family growth because it allows you to remember a time when you both worked together to succeed.
Being a child or a parent is hard. Sometimes you aren’t always going to see eye to eye. But family time always gives you the chance to reconnect as a whole. It eliminates bad memories and replaces them with positive ones. Children grow up and change quickly, so family time is a wonderful way to hold on to time in a moment forever.