Five reasons why family time is important

Families are like gardens; the more you water them, the more spectacularly they may bloom. Here are five reasons to connect with your family today.

Most of us are busier than ever, with work, school, social activities and an ever-growing to-do list. Sometimes we can lose sight of what is truly important… family time. 

Family time can help bring many benefits for the entire family. Take a look at some of the ways you can get more out of your family by putting more in.

Tighter family bonds

Spending time together allows time for bonding. Quality time is not necessarily about what you do, but about being together, communicating and sharing time doing something you all enjoy. 

Sometimes, while doing ordinary things, amazing conversations can arise. Listening to children’s thoughts and concerns from early on lets them know that you are there to listen to them whether it’s the small stuff or the big, scary stuff.

Greater resilience and academic achievements

Feeling like your parent is on your side can be a massive positive when it comes to learning, says From The Leftfield’s child psychologist, Dr Sasha Lynn.

“Just knowing they have someone in their corner can be a huge benefit for kids when they’re struggling with learning. They can demonstrate greater resilience and put more effort into academic endeavours with parents/carers who are connected in. Investment in family time can lead to greater academic achievement through consolidation of work at home, greater communication with parents, and advocacy for children at school,” tells Dr Lynn.
Mother and daughter on the beach bonding

Wellbeing for the whole family

Not only does quality time strengthen bonds, but knowing your place in the family unit and feeling connected has far reaching benefits into other areas of your life.

“Family time involves a range of factors that benefit both kids and adults alike. Strengthening of connectedness, greater communication skills, emotional understanding and literacy, empathy building and being around loved ones and enjoying time together releases all our happy juices and contributes to our overall sense of wellbeing. Social connectedness is vital for physical and mental wellbeing.”

Happier, more grounded, teens

Although the entire family benefits from connectedness at every age, the benefits of a lifetime of family time may be reaped especially during the tumultuous teenage years.

“Connection at every stage of development is important for different reasons, and the effort comes from quality of interactions, not quantity. However research has shown us that although we tend to think adolescents need us the least, they actually need us the most. So when it comes to family time and working on strengthening that bond, adolescence is the time to really solidify it,” tells Dr Lynn.

Independent relationships with both parents

Both mothers and fathers play an important role in the development of children. 

Although both parents are not always in the primary caring positions, spending quality time one on one, hanging out and doing stuff you enjoy together gives both parents and children time to get to know how each other ticks. 

With a deeper understanding of who each other are it can help you to get the most out of your unique familial relationships.

Make little moments matter

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