Why Family Time Matters!
Spending quality time together with family is arguably the key ingredient for fostering strong bonds and relationships between parents and children. Children experience love firsthand during a family get together of any magnitude. Even the most simple or mundane activity can serve as the basis for creating a strong emotional bond with a child and allow for a deeper connection to take place.
Reason #1: Live longer
Research demonstrates that spending quality time with loved ones is actually healthy. According to a study from Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a strong network of family and close friends is linked to increased longevity. Parents serve as primary role models for their children.
Find time to engage in a fun, physical activity outdoors with your child. Here are a few ideas for this summer:
- Take a nature walk.
- Start a family garden.
- Plan a nature scavenger hunt.
- Take a family bicycle ride.
- Play an outdoor sporting activity.
- Go swimming.
Reason #2: Have more influence over the decisions your child makes with his/her peers
Having a strong bond with your kids allows for greater influence in guiding them to make wise decisions in different life situations. As children venture into “teen-hood”, they begin to form stronger relationships with their peers and are put in precarious situations, surrounded by pressure to engage in risky behaviors. Needless to say, adolescents who spend more time with their family are at a decreased risk of experimenting with smoking, alcohol, and engaging in substance abuse.
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