You can blame it on technology or the rapid change in culture – it’s sad that these days parents and children are seen spending less time communicating and just interacting with each other at home. Thus, many children get less affection and attention than their parents did before.
Studies show that parents spend roughly 40 percent less time with their children than parents did just a generation ago. Take note that both the quality and quantity of time are important factors when considering activities. You must build memories by keeping your family time enjoyable and creative.
Here’s a few of tips you can try to bring your family closer together.
Eat together and communicate. These days it’s rare for families to eat together. The communication and unity that’s created during this time are vital to any healthy family life. When a family eats together, it allows for a chance to talk about each other’s lives. It’s the perfect time for parents to listen, as well as give encouragement or much-needed advice. Attentive listening also conveys that a person is genuinely interested in one another, impacting the sense of worth and boosting trust.
Do chores together. What goes on in the home should always increase teamwork of family members. Assigning chores is a productive way to teach accountability and responsibility to your children. As a plus, it helps them become more industrious. Doing chores with your child will help foster good communication skills too.
Make reading a habit. Research shows that reading to kids heightens interest in knowledge while stimulating language development. Plus, it increases attention span and assists in them becoming more curious. Let your child choose books with you. After reading, try asking questions about the content or valuable lessons they have learned.
Assist with schoolwork. Light a fire of learning by helping your kids with their schoolwork. Your eagerness to aid homework of any difficulty can cause your child’s grades to improve and help them become more interested in school, improving their grades. Trips to the local library for school projects is an enjoyable and inexpensive way to spend time with kids.
Plan a regular family outing. Domestic, international, or just at a local zoo, getting out of the house from time to time is important. Get in the car and go for a family drive! Even a stroll in the woods can help your family interact. Plus, a visit to the museum or zoo can spark a child’s enthusiasm and lead to better discussions.
Have fun together at home – or anywhere for that matter. In most cases, you won’t have to go far to have fun with the entire family. As stated in the tips above, family time at home can be just what you need to foster communication and strengthen relationships. It all depends on your interests as a family.
Last but not least, your living room matters too! As the centre of most homes, the living room needs to have an entertainment machine that the whole family can enjoy (or fight over).
The Sony X8500E 4K Ultra HD LED LCD Smart TV, for instance, is a full-packaged television that’s perfect for any family. It’s where impressive viewing quality meets modern design that complements any living room setup. With features like 4K high dynamic range, TRILUMINOS display, and SMART TV functionality (yes, that includes Netflix too!), it’s the total package for the home entertainment-loving family. Check out the Sony TV at Harvey Norman now.
Just imagine this for your next movie-slash-popcorn night.