First let’s talk about the benefits of family time for little ones.
Spending quality time with family helps your child develop a sense of identity and a sense of belonging. Family provides a home base for kiddos, a safe place they can count on as they venture out into the world. Knowing that they belong to a group that shows them unconditional love allows your child to feel confident in themselves as they grow and develop.
Fewer Behavior Problems
Children who spend more quality time with their families are less likely to engage in risky behaviors as they enter adolescence such as substance use. These children are also less likely to display aggressive or violent behaviors. Creating a space with open lines of communication with your child not only helps you monitor your child’s participation in risky behavior but allows you to understand and help them cope with any stressors, anxiety, depression, anger, etc.
Improved Mental Health
Spending quality time with your child shows them they are important, loved unconditionally, and instills in them a sense of belonging. It also provides you as a parent with the opportunity to listen and observe your child to help understand their emotional well-being. More time spent with your child offers you the chance to model positive coping strategies and help your little ones to learn how to manage daily stressors.
Sense of Belonging
Children who feel a sense of belonging to their family are happier, have less anxiety, and fewer behavior problems. They also feel more confident to explore, discover, learn, and best of all…be themselves across situations!
Stronger parent/child Bond
More quality time leads to more opportunities to bond with your child. More opportunities to connect leads to a stronger bond. These strong connections lead to happier, healthier little ones, and happier, healthier parents!