The importance of family time

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Do something fun as a family

Find an activity that everyone likes (or most family members if you can’t agree on something) and do it together as a family. Do this once a week even if it is only for an hour or two each week.

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Decide on a day that is good for everyone and write it in your diary. You could go out for dinner, ice cream, bowling, to a movie, mini golf, the zoo, on a picnic or a hike. You could also stay in and play a game involving all family members. You can even do a new activity every week.

Try and have fun as a family. Turn your phone off.  Listen to your kids and be there (both physically and mentally). Try not to criticize or reprimand. Make the experience a positive one.

My schedule is hectic. I just don’t have the time.

If you don’t have time then take an activity that you would have done anyway and do it as a family. For example, pack up your dinner, drive to the nearest park and have a picnic. You are going to eat anyway so turn the meal into an activity. Everyone has half an hour a week. It is just a matter of priorities. Make your family a priority.

We are on a tight budget and can’t afford to go on an outing every week.

Activities can be free. You can go on a picnic, a hike, a bicycle ride, to the beach (if you are lucky enough to live close by), to a lake, stay at home and play board games, etc. The possibilities are endless. There is no reason to spend a dime.

We can’t find an activity that everyone likes

Start with the youngest person in the family and let him/her choose what you are going to do during your first weekly activity. The next oldest person chooses the week after and so on.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that teenagers who reported feeling close to their families were the least likely  to do drugs or smoke.

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