There are so many benefits of spending quality time with family! Having a weekly family night is one beneficial way to make memories with your children.
The Benefits of Spending Quality Time with Family
Family night. These words can stir up many different feelings.
For some families, family night means organizing and executing one more thing on your already lengthy to-do list. Other families may have to decide how to fit family night in between soccer practice and the band concert. For many others the question comes up, why is family night important? We spend time feeding, teaching and playing with our children already. Why do we need to add family night? Here are 6 important reasons why taking the time to have a family night is important.
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Reasons for Planning a Family Night
Children Feel Loved and Cared For
Children need to feel loved and safe. When we are deliberately planning family nights and spending time with them, they will feel that. Children need you to show them you love them, this is done through spending quality time. What better way than a planned family night?
In our new technological world, parents spend inordinate amounts of time focused on their devices. This sends a message to your children that the device is more important than they are. Family night is an opportunity to put the phone away and give all your attention to your children. When your focus is on them, they will feel the love and safety they crave.
Children Learn From Example
“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” Dr. Haim Ginott
Children learn more from our own behaviors than from what we tell them. If we are teaching our children that time spent with them is important they will carry that into their own families. Many things we do with our children will be the same things that they will do with their own children. If we make family night a priority and a habit they will remember that.
Family night is also a safe place where children can learn and grow and develop. They can learn how to help plan family night. Children can learn emotion regulation when things don’t go as planned (never happens right?). They can learn the interests of family members as you plan family nights together. All of these valuable lessons can be taught through something as simple as family night.
Stronger Family Bond
We all have a desire to bond with our families. When we spend time together that is the best time to form bonds. Family night offers a chance to get to know each other in different ways.
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You can work as a team, you can be creative together and you can learn about each other’s personalities. Family night is where I learned my youngest daughter is very competitive. This was the perfect chance to teach her about losing and how to regulate those emotions.
Siblings can really use family night to strengthen their bonds. More sibling bonding will hopefully result in less sibling rivalry. Families are designed to be close and family nights give us a platform to create that closeness.
Rituals Help Younger Children Feel Secure
Rituals are a vital part of a child’s development. Family nights offer a consistent ritual that creates feelings of security. The ritual of family night can create an identity and a sense of belonging for a child. The security of a family night ritual will help them learn consistency.
They can rely on the routine of family night and learn to look forward to the time spent together. Family night can create an emotional and meaningful ritual that sends a message of acceptance and belonging. When families have rituals that are meaningful, then children will perform better academically and socially.
When families spend time together they improve their happiness as a family unit, and individually. Family night creates long-lasting memories that your children can cherish through their lifetime. Family night shifts your main focus and priority onto what is most important, your family!
When you are focused on the family you will learn how to communicate more effectively. Your children will know they are important to you. When your focus is on the family you are not distracted by work, or electronics or the tasks of daily life. Family night can relieve stress and be an opportunity to have some fun!
Benefits to Physical and Emotional Health
Connecting with your children during family night gives them an opportunity to share their lives with you. They will become more open to sharing things with you. When they share their lives with you they become more emotionally healthy.
Studies show that when children spend quality time with their parents and families, they get better grades. Children who have routine family game night are less likely to get involved in dangerous situations. Children also act out less when they are participating in quality time like family night. For parents, family night gives them time away from work and more time with children. This helps with relief of work stress.
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No Cost Family Night Ideas
Family night does not need to cost anything. There are many ways we can spend time together without it breaking the bank. Family game night is an excellent way to spend family night. Playing games teaches valuable lessons about cooperation. It also helps build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. And it is fun!
My daughter’s favorite way to spend family night is playing board games. Another free idea is to take your family night outdoors. Walking trails, biking or just going to the park to play frisbee or catch is a great way to bond. Many communities offer free movies in the park during the summer and other free community events year-round. Check with your local library and city offices to see what they have on their schedule. Take advantage of what your community has to offer and work it into family night.
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Spending Time with Family Quotes for Inspiration
“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.” -Barbara Bush
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” -Mother Theresa
“If you are too busy to enjoy quality time with your family, then you need to reevaluate your priorities.” – Dave Willis
“In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E.” -Dieter F. Uctdorf
Now that you understand the importance of family night, go plan something fun! Don’t worry about the details. The most important part is that you are together and it becomes a tradition your children will always remember.
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Bridget is on of our interns currently finishing up a degree in Marriage and Family Studies. With 8 children and 1 grandchild, she strives to keep her family happy and healthy. She loves to read and if there is an opportunity for it, you will find her at the beach!