In today’s busy society, family time is not always easy to find. Everyone seems so busy and rushing around just to accomplish what they have to accomplish. Many households are single parent or two working parents with the children in school and after school activities. Many times dinner is prepared and eaten in shifts. This can cause a distance in the family unity, between husband and wife or between parents and the children. This has appeared to cause many problems such as affairs, divorces, children wanting to hang out at a friend’s house and not at home to the children that are getting in legal trouble and a lot of it is because of lack of attention or boredom.
Take The Time
It is vitally important to take the time and do some family planning. Being a family and having the family unity and support is one of the most important things in life. When a couple gets married they vow and commit to sharing their life with their spouse. This includes sharing the good and the bad times, being able to talk and discuss any problems or situations. When the children are involved, there must be time that the entire family can spend together. Without knowing the value of a family unit, the children will never know how life is supposed to be lived and the comfort of true honest support.
How To Accomplish This
- Make time for each other Meal time is family time, make it a point for the family to all have dinner at the same time at least 2-3 times per week.
- When you come home from work, make sure that there is something that you take the time to share with your spouse and children about your day. If everyone shares something then you are at least spending time communicating.
- Limit each child to only one or two after school activities so that they can have time with the family also. Too many after school projects can leave them with no time to breathe.
- At least a couple of evenings a week set aside family time to read a book or to play a game or watch a movie as a family unit
Other Tips To Help The Family Bond
In order to help your family unit bond, parenting can be tough, remember that your children need rules to live by, but they also need to have fun, you have to find that fine line. Disciplining is important, but try not to yell and be able to discuss and talk out a solution. It is important to work and everyone has their own responsibilities, but play time if very important for the entire family.
Bonding as a family unit offers security to a husband and wife and also to the children. It helps them to learn that they can always count on their family and how to be there for their own spouses and family as they grow up into adult men or women.