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How to Find Family Time

Monday, April 5th, 2010

There are many ways that you can find time for family time, as long as you balance everything. As long as you have the determination to spend time with your family, as well as the right planning, you will find extra time.

The first step in spending quality time with your family is to start the tradition of family night. This is simply one night in a week where you spend time with your family and only your family. You can do a lot of things on family night like watching a movie together, going to a restaurant or taking out food, playing board games, or just going out and taking a family walk. This way, you will learn a lot about your family that you probably didn’t know yet.

In order to make more time for the family, things like work have to be finished first. Chores can be divided amongst family members so that everything can be done faster and you will have enough time to spend with each other. This way, you can also have time to do other activities individually too like club activities or schoolwork.

If your child starts to get over scheduled, then you will notice it in their behavior and activities. If your child starts getting lower grades or falling asleep in class, then it could be because they have too many activities outside of school due to clubs or even family activities. So if this starts happening, try to cut down on activities so that they can balance their lives.

Family time and spending time together can help children’s mental and physical health. You can let out frustrations and stress and just have fun with family. This will also help the family grow closer. It also lowers your child’s inclination towards doing things like substance abuse, depression, etc. There are also studies showing that family meals can help people stay at healthy weights.

If you think that you are too busy to spend time with family, there are ways you can free your time. For example, try and leave work on time and not do overtime so that you can use that time to spend with your family. Try to use your work time efficiently when you’re not with your family so you can prioritize on them when you do have free time.

Weekends are a great time to spend time together, since usually there is no school or work. Make plans on the weekends and stick to your schedule as much as possible. Go out and have fun with your family on weekends. If other things do come up, make sure your priorities are straight. Sometimes you will just have to say no and politely decline offers.

Family Meal and Its Importance

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Today, less than half of American families eat dinner together and when they do, these meals last less than 20 minutes and are lacking in proper nutrition. The fact is our life styles have changed from those magical days of Ozzie and Harriet. Thanks to the Internet, cell phones and palm pilots, business is conducted on an almost 24/7 basis. Even conversations with our children are often times through text messages or cell phone. Sporting events and outside activities for children have become almost maniacal in the demands made upon the family. It has become a race against time so that we can fit it all in. Something has to give, and that unfortunately has been the family dinner hour.

Healthy self-esteem for children can be built around a family dinner table. Parents can take the time to listen and help their children sort out the struggles of the day without interference of phones, tv’s and computers. Our hectic life styles only give time for overly processed foods or even worse “fast foods.” This poor nutrition has resulted in children contracting what was once considered “adult diseases” at an alarming rate. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity all stem from poor nutrition and processed foods.

Not only is the family dinner hour a great time to catch up on each other’s lives, it also offers more tangible benefits. Family dinner hour can improve grades at school and promote a richer vocabulary. Younger family members that do not have the interaction of speaking within the family group often struggle with poor communication skills. In troubling times such as these, the routine of a family meal helps to ease tensions and frustrations of teens and young children by receiving guidance and assurance through other family members.

Planning these meals, shopping for the ingredients, and to a lesser extent, cooking the dinners, is a time consuming task. In many cases, time needed for both professional careers and for the children’s extra-curricular activities make it nearly impossible to coordinate the family dinner. However, now more than ever, it is important to invest this time. The dividends are worth the effort. Today, make your family feel special. Prepare a nutritious meal and sit down to a family dinner.