The Importance of Quality Family Time for Your Mental Health
Bonding with family members and spending quality time together, enjoying a myriad of enticing activities is shown to raise self-esteem and reduce anxiety. This is especially true for children who have been exposed to some kind of domestic or other violence. To raise a healthy, confident child, you need to spend as much time taking them to school, to the movies, reading or drawing together, and look for even more hobbies that you can all to together and bond in the future.
Children feel important
Including your children, in meal preparation, every day is a great way to spend some quality time together. This will also make them feel important, and allow them to feel particular for preparing dinner or breakfast for the entire family. Not only is this good for their mental health, but also for their further education as you’ll let them improve their cooking skills and maybe discover a new hobby or even a profession that they enjoy. Let them tell you about their day, what some of their interests are and focus less on the regular school and work topics, to let them feel more comfortable during this bonding time.
The parent can learn more about their children
No matter how much you think you know about your child, some things will never be ultimately revealed. This is why you should try to have as much quality time together as possible, and you’ll learn a lot about them through a simple casual conversation. Even if it’s just to help them choose between a few father’s day gifts for the next holiday, make sure you listen to them and be there to offer them advice every time they need it, so they can always turn to you in their time of need. You need to provide a safe place for your child, and the more time you spend together, the more they’ll open up to you and let you be their guide.
They can look up to you
Observing how you help your spouse and the other way around, how you’re both attentive to each other’s needs and those of your kids, will give your children a better image of you and allow them to look up to you in the best possible way. You’re the most significant role model in your children’s lives, so do your best to be a great one, and help them with their homework, or even include yourself in their practice. Whether they’re playing basketball or some other sport, or you want to go to the gym together sometimes, it’ll be rewarding for your children.
You’ll develop a stronger bond with your kids
The more hectic our lives become, the less time we have for our family, which is why dinner time is sometimes the only meal you get to share with your loved ones. This is the safest way to alienating yourself from your children, so it’s essential that you use every chance you have to go shopping together, attend school events together and maybe even have a game night every week, so you can talk, share your worries and create a stronger bond. They need to know that you are willing to try hard despite all the obstacles. Watching a movie together a few times a week, going to the theater, having the same hobby such as crafts, drawing or collecting items can be an excellent time for you to share your opinions and views on various subjects, which will only lead to a stronger bond.
Spending quality time with your family is essential for a healthy relationship and happy family. Therefore, use every chance you have to be with your kids and your spouse, if you want to raise healthy, confident children and watch them become the best people.
by Diana Smith
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.