Why you should spend more time with your kids
There’s an old saying that says “families that play together, stay together”. Spending quality time with our families is important for building healthy relationships. It builds confidence, teaches children about interacting with others, and creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime.
Family time is crucial to kids, enabling them to build confidence, strong emotional bond between family members, improves communication skills, better performance in school, and reduced behavioural issues. Family fun times also create memories built on fun, laughter, and happiness.
It’s the longest holiday in the school calendar and lots of kids are at home, this is a great opportunity for parents to bond with the children even more. Perhaps consider taking some time off work to spend some time with the kids. Not yet convinced?
Here are a few more reasons why we believe you should spend more time with your children.
- It will boost your child’s confidence: confidence in children grows simply with the knowledge that they are valued and appreciated by their loved ones. Spending time with family builds confidence for all its members. Parents can teach children to build self-esteem through specific skills such as problem solving and communication.
- Improved academic performance: Averagely, kids who spend more time with their parents tend to do better in school. They learn communication skills and the importance of education. Also, the support you provide when helping your kids with their school work also builds their self-esteem and impacts positively on their future.
- Enhances mental and physical health: Children learn to voice their thoughts and feelings, seek advice about issues during family time. Spending time together, participating in happy, experiences have a profound effect on mental wellbeing of a child. Also, their physical wellbeing when involved in the right kind of activities does improve their overall performance. For instance, families who eat at home-cooked meals together tend to have a better diet than those who don’t. Taking part in outdoor activities together as a family helps to improve fitness. There’s even evidence that time with family can boost the effects of exercise and other healthy habits. It improves heart, brain, hormonal, and immune health.
- Fosters communication: spending time together as a family creates opportunities to have important family discussions. children are more likely to open up and be expressive if they're spending quality time together away from normal routines. It is also an opportunity to build on social and interactive skills.
- Cognitive Development: From research gathered by Family Facts, an organisation that provides data on family trends in America, it shows that quality family time curbs children’s likelihood to engage in destructive behaviour or substance abuse. On the contrary, children who do not spend time with family are at an increased risk for substance abuse, emotional distress, and other negative vices.
- Values: Family values affect a child’s cognitive development by influencing the way they perceive themselves and the world. It shapes the way kids think, reason and approach problem-solving.
So, let’s hear from you. What have you learned from spending time with your kids?