Spending Time with Your Family

This week, I would like to jump into a segment or theme of spending time with family. This may be a self-admonishing thread as I find myself fighting my desire to “Produce for work” and make a difference with adding that value at home. Family needs you. Don’t work so hard to wow the outsiders, while the insiders are home waiting for you.

They see everything – hear everything

Have you ever thought about what really makes you happy? For many people it is just having enough time to spend with their family. While this may sound easy enough it can be really hard to devote enough time to your loved ones.

Everyone leads a busy life these days. Many families consist of two working parents and this eats into a huge chunk of your time. After a busy day at the office all you feel like doing is going home and relaxing.

The reality of this is much different. Once you arrive home you need to prepare dinner and possibly drive your kids to after school activities or just pick them up from the day care center. Before you know it you help your kids with their homework and pack them off to bed. By the time you sit down to relax it can easily be 10 pm at night.

So how do you find more time to spend with your family?

Many working parents place their children in lots of after school clubs, is this really necessary? Many children would be just as happy staying home and enjoying some quiet time with mom and dad. Why not ask your children what they would prefer?

Another idea to spend quality time with your family is to pre-plan ahead of time. This can be as simple as planning a game night, movie night or going on a family bike ride.

If you wait for the perfect time to go on an outing, the time will never arrive. Something will come up to postpone your plans yet again. Instead, plan ahead and don’t allow anything to spoil it. Another thing that happens is your kids may say they don’t want to go. With screen time replacing their social outlets, they seem happy to stay at home – but are they happy?!? Push them out the door and after the activity starts, you’ll see them come around.

Spending time together as a family is a great way to deepen your relationship with all your family members. Plus doing something positive brings you happiness. It is important to create happy memories while your children are young, for both their benefit as much as yours.

Studies have shown that quality family time makes everyone happy and this keeps everyone healthy.  Your health is directly impacted by your emotions and it can be easy to become so busy that you overlook this important aspect.

Don’t you agree that when you feel happy you also feel healthier and better about yourself? It is true and a good reason to make an effort to spend time together. This way you can promote both happiness and health to your family and friends.