The need for families to create opportunities to spend quality time together cannot be overstated. According to a report released by Michigan State University, that the best way to create quality moments with the family is through volume. In other words, quantity time will produce more opportunities for quality time. The wonderful thing about creating quality moments is that it does not necessarily have to be done through expensive excursions or complex mechanisms. Some of the simplest times are the best.
Spending time doing the most common tasks and chores around the house is a great time for families to come together and enjoy a bonding experience. While cooking is the theme of this particular idea, it can be doing laundry and house cleaning. One reason why these types of encounters make for good family moments is because they are usually done in isolation, and they are often used as excuses for why the family cannot get together.
One way that families can enjoy quality time together, while having a lot of fun, is to have a game night once a week. Game nights are an inexpensive way to ensure that the family comes together to enjoy one another. Family card games are a cheap, yet highly effective, activity that allows families to participate in fun activity simultaneously. There is no shortage of fun family card games that will be appropriate for all ages.
What person does not remember taking a road trip as a kid? There is something about a road trip that creates lasting memories. Regardless of where the family is headed, the actual travel time on the road places everyone in a closed environment with one another. It is important that all technological devices that create division be put away while in the car, meaning no laptops, cell phones, tablets, games or music players. The idea is to interact with one another.
Taking a road trip does not necessarily mean traveling out of town. Take the family to the next meeting, or when there are errands to be run. The idea is to get everyone in the car at the same time, which is not as easy as it once was.
This particular idea is not referring to going out for dinner, it is addressing the massive decline in the number of families that still eat together at the dinner table at least one time each day. Eating together is a great opportunity to share different experiences that took place throughout the day. It is a good place to share challenges that may need an external perspective. There is no doubt that the fast pace at which life is lived today creates scheduling conflicts that make it almost impossible for families to share breakfast or lunch, but an effort should be made to have dinner together.
The importance of creating quality family time cannot be overstated. It is the quality time that families spend together that increases the functionality and proclivity for success in children. It is also a great bonding experience.
Chris Archer is big on family, and spending quality bonding time together. Once the kids are in bed he enjoys sitting down with a glass of wine and spending some time writing parenting articles.