Research shows that scheduling recurring family time with your children is vital. Quality time is time spent with your children by giving them your undivided attention while doing tasks that they like. Spending quality time with your children does not have to be a huge undertaking, it can be as simple as taking a few minutes each day to spend together without any distractions. Here are some important reasons for spending quality time with your children.
Confidence grows in children simply with the knowledge that they are valued and loved by their families. Parents can teach children to build self-esteem and confidence through specific skills such as problem-solving and communication. Parents need to remember they are their children’s first teachers, so prepare them well before they start school.
Teaches Conflict Resolution
When we spend time with family it is fun, but it can be difficult, too. When conflicts arise, you can't just walk away and leave the problem unresolved. Spending quality time with family teaches interpersonal communication skills including productive ways to discuss, debate, and solve problems. Parents need to be mindful of how they mediate their children's disagreements because they are setting an example for their children to pattern after later in life.
Keeps Negative Influence in Check
As kids grow up, they become exposed to good and bad influences. You must understand that your voice is not the only voice your children hear. However, with a solid home foundation and quality family time, they will be able to distinguish the good from the bad. Even if you notice changes in their behavior, talk with them regarding any issue they may be facing. It’s very important to understand that parental presence has to be greater than peer pressure.
Better Performance in School
On average, kids who are spending quality time with family tend to do better in school. They learn communication skills and the importance of education. When parents are actively involved in their children's education, children feel less pressure and stress to try to learn on their own, especially when they feel supported by their parents. When needed, assisting with assignments or new concepts reinforces the fact that their success is important to you. Even just asking about their day and what they're learning will show your children how much you care.
Less Behavioral Issues
Studies have shown that children who are spending quality time with their families have shown less risk of behavior issues, such as violence and substance abuse. When they receive positive attention for positive behaviors, their desire to continue those healthy patterns increases. Being with family and doing activities together also provides an outlet for pent-up emotions that could otherwise lead to unhealthy decisions. Family is so important when it comes to a child (or teenager) bringing problems to you because your advice can allow them to become better equipped to cope with their problems and make positive choices.
Spending quality time with your children is a gift you give to them
Spending quality time with your children provides an opportunity to make memories built on fun, laughter, and togetherness. In addition, it prepares them to live productive and pleasant lives. Make it a goal today to spend time with your children. Remember, it's not necessarily about quantity but quality.
Love and Blessings,
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