Purposing to spend quality time with your family can be a challenge, but it’s the best thing you can do for your children.

Is spending quality time with your family important for its success and health?

Most, if not all, of us would say “yes.” But do you actually spend enough quality time with our family? That’s a whole different story. If you were unable to answer “yes” to the second question, don’t worry, you have plenty of company.

A recent survey of 2,000 parents reports something most of us already know from experience – most families find it difficult to carve out family time. The survey discovered that the average family spends less than 8 hours together per week, that even the time they do spend together is in front of screens and that families are just plain busier and more tired than ever. Couple that with the fact that fewer and fewer adults and children see the nuclear family as vitally important, and the significance of spending time together to strengthen our families becomes even more relevant.

We all need to be reminded of the benefits of family – especially for the kids! Research shows that consistently having meals together as a family reduces the likelihood teens will experiment with alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Additionally, children who grow up in a strong-family-environment realize more success in school. To put it simply – spending quality time with your children increases their likelihood of future success.

The summer heat has been upon us for several weeks now, but with so much of the season yet remaining, now would be a great time to evaluate how much quality time your family spends together. It’s easy to let the summer slip away while everyone in your family is engrossed in their own individual activities and it’s really easy to just sit in silence together in front of a screen: But don’t let that satisfy you. Instead, head to the beach or park, take a walk, play a board game or baseball game. Just do something to strengthen the ties to the ones you love.

Purposing to spend quality time with your family can be a challenge (and often means eliminating other activities from the family docket to free up the time), but it’s the best thing you can do for your children. And you’ll probably enjoy it, too!

Briley Hughes

Briley Hughes

Communications Director

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