How much quality time do you spend as a family? Learn what ‘quality time’ really means, and how you can build stronger bonds with your partner and children.
With an ever-growing list of tasks to accomplish each day, it’s easy to let time with your partner and children slip down your priorities.
But as Kristen Harding from My Family Care explains, spending quality time together is important – it helps our children to feel more confident and secure, builds stronger family bonds and is good for our own emotional health.
What does ‘quality time’ mean?
What exactly does ‘quality time’ mean? It’s an expression we hear often but is hard to quantify – every family is different, and its meaning will vary from household to household.
For some people it may mean pulling out the board games once a week, for others it’s having in-depth conversations around the dinner table, and for some it may be enjoying a sport together.
Whatever it means to you, it’s essential that you make it a priority for yourself, your relationship and your family.
Why family time is so important to me
Spending time with my own family is something near and dear to my heart – especially as I now live in a different country to them. I count down to the Christmas holidays every year when I know we will all be together again.
I know I am lucky – not everyone has had the kind of childhood I’ve had. Most people look at our family and think ‘there’s something just a little different about them’ – and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
When we were growing up we had our moments. We argued, played tricks on each other and even tried to get our little brother to do our chores for us without anyone noticing! We had our disagreements, but through it all we were family, and we stuck with each other whether we liked it or not – through thick and thin. I’m glad I have the family I have.
Our seven-month family adventure
There are many defining moments for our family, but when I was 16 my parents made a life-changing decision – a decision that would shock and horrify some families, and maybe even cause some to crack, but for our family it was a defining seven months.
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