The Importance of Quality Time with your Kids: Tips on How to Foster Family Time

It’s nothing new to hear the phrase – “a family that plays together, stays together”. Now, studies have shown that learning together is among the fundamentals of what makes a good family.

You might be wondering what could possibly be fun or exciting about coming home from school and having to engage in educational activities with the family, but the truth is that children who learn with the help of their families do better in schools. Also, these children benefit from not just the educational support, but also the moral and emotional support of having a strong bond with their family members.

Since experts have shown how strong family bonds are essential for a child’s development, it is easy to see why spending quality time with the family is important. Here are some easy activities you and your family can engage in with little stress:

Picnic

Picnics are a classic way to bond with anyone. Churches organize picnics to spend time with each other; clubs organize picnics for members to get to know each other. Likewise, families organize picnics to strengthen bonds and have fun.

The best thing about picnics is that they are stress free, easy to organize, and you don’t have to break the bank. First, pack a tablecloth or blankets for your family to lounge on, and then select an ideal location. Prepare a basket filled with your family’s favorite food and drinks, and you’re all set for your picnic.

To encourage everyone’s full presence of mind, you can make a rule that no one is allowed to be on their phones during the course of the picnic. Take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air with your family, and you can take pictures to make lasting memories.

Stargazing

This activity will be more exciting for your child if they are interested in astrology. Watch out for those nights when the weather is clear and nice. Your children will love the idea of staying up later than usual, and you can prepare them by showing them pictures and videos of the constellations and other things to see in the night sky.

Prepare for your night sky gazing by gathering some beach towels, and help your child find the different planets, stars and constellations in the sky.

Teach your kids to give back

One of the best ways you can teach your children is by leading by example. Practice what you preach, and show your children how giving back to the community is something they should do. Select a charity or cause you wish to volunteer in; for example, an animal shelter or an environment awareness club.

This activity not only builds their empathy and social skills, it also provides quality time for your family.

Cook with the family

Kids love eating, and you should teach them to appreciate the work that goes into cooking. Since most children love helping their parents out in the kitchen – you can find a recipe to make something the entire family enjoys eating, and turn cooking into a fun family time.

Assign a job to each individual; you can even encourage creativity by allowing everyone to design their own cupcakes or whatever else you choose to bake. Put on some music and encourage the family to be silly and free, creating memories in the time you spend together.

Visit the beach

If you’re lucky to live in an area close to the beach, hit the beach with your family for a day of fun in the sun. Sometimes, the easiest way for your child to learn math is through real life situations.

At the beach, help your little one form different shapes in the sand, and collect sea shells. You can make this a learning games for kids & parents by asking everyone to collect seashells, and count the seashells at the end of the day. The person with the highest number of seashells wins the game.

You may also want to get the kids to work on hands-on building projects. This will help stimulate their creativity and learning. Some are easy building projects while others are advanced. The ultimate goal is to have fun and learn.

Get creative with your family, and take advantage of every moment you can spend together.  You can engage in some of the above activities, but there is really no limit to what you and your family can get up to.

There are ample opportunities for your kids to learn, especially with educational apps and learning worksheets. You can also help your children learn by planning family outings, and creating time for family members to bond.

 

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