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Dad and children

During our normal daily activities, the fast pace of modern-day family life can make it easy to forget how important it is to simply spend time with our children. Our dedicated and focused time is one of the greatest things that we can give them. Parents need to make space for our kids and assure them that we care about them and will always be there as pillars of support. They need our love, kindness, and strength so they will feel secure and confident.

Now that COVID-19 has caused children and parents to be confined to their homes with limited outside social functions, parents have a wonderful opportunity to spend more time with their children.

Summer offers lots of opportunities to spend time together and create good family bonding. Following are reasons to make quality time a priority.

Build Children’s Self-Esteem

  • Children who spend time with their parents participating in activities together build a positive sense of self-worth.
  • When children feel valued by their parents, they feel more positive about themselves.
  • Family activities don’t have to be expensive trips to be meaningful—the important part is just being together. Go for a bike ride or play a game together.

Strengthen Family Bonds

  • Families who share everyday activities form strong, emotional ties.
  • Families who enjoy group activities share a strong emotional bond and an ability to adapt well to situations as a family, including solving problems and resolving conflicts.
  • Share your favorite hobbies, sports, books, movies, or other activities.

Develop Positive Behaviors

  • Children and adolescents who spend more time with their parents are less likely to get involved in risky behavior.
  • According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse via Arizona State University, teens who have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol, and one and a half times more likely to use marijuana.
  • Children who frequently eat with their families also usually have improved diets compared to those who don’t eat as often with family members.

Encourage Communication

  • When you spend time with your children, you are fostering an environment for open communication.
  • Good communication is important for your children to feel comfortable with talking to you about anything.
  • Simply asking children how their day has gone can make a big difference in making them feel that you care about their life. It will also encourage a response from them.
  • The most important response you can have to your child when he or she is talking is to listen—remain focused, tune out distractions, and make eye contact.

 Improve Your Child’s Academic Performance

  • Spending time helping your children with schoolwork or reading together, especially in their early years, will foster an environment that values academics.
  • During these days of homeschooling, give children extra work to do or books to read together. Don’t do just the minimum amount of work being required.
  • If your child feels comfortable coming to you with schoolwork, he or she will be more likely to perform better academically.

Help Your Child be a Good Friend

  • Children learn by example. If you are setting a good example by spending quality time together, they are more likely to adopt these behaviors in other relationships in their lives.
  • Simple things such as playing games together will help them understand more about interacting with others as well as teach them sharing and kindness.
  • The most important thing is that family time means you can just have fun and enjoy each other’s company.
  • You still have time before children go back to school so make it quality time and do things together.

 

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