Life in modern times can be exhausting, as busy schedules make the days compact. Doing the work for your children demands plenty of time & energy. However, it does not count in quality’ family time’. Spending quality time with one’s family has become challenging in the modern realm, yet it remains the only way to deepen the bond among family members. In between providing for the children and fulfilling their needs, parents often lose the joy of spending quality time with their little ones.
Here are ten hacks to save some time from everyday responsibilities and spend it with one’s family.
1 – The Gap Years
One integral aspect of family planning is that it provides families with better bonding between parents and their children. But unfortunately, many of us forget the real value of quality time, and instead, we stress over ‘building the future’ for our children.
During the first eight years, a child is in his/her ideal age to establish a bond of affection and assurance with the parents. Hence, it is crucial to utilize the most of this time as it shall never return.
Besides showing the value of this period, this practice also accentuates the importance of family planning.
2 – Refreshing the Schedules
The key to healthy family life is healthy habits. Some habits are having family lunch on weekends or visiting the elder ones on a particular day. Whereas the practices include putting the devices away during the Sunday lunch, teaching the kids how to play croquet, or calling it a day at work after spending some time on a random day; demand a bit of will and effort.
However, such customs might lose charm as time passes and could no longer provide for quality time. Thus, rejuvenating the routines might be a better option. Maybe the kids want not to sit through the boring dinner and are looking to get away as soon as possible. Try a change of setting. For instance, planning a meal to an intriguing location, an all-day fishing trip, or a surprise bonfire with the kids can add color and value to the monotonous routines.
3 – Tap into Their Enthusiasm
The children’s enthusiasm serves as a lead for parents to follow. As toddlers, they desire their time to be spent observing the world around them. As they grow, they need a company for all their adventures and quests. Sometimes, reading with your kids at a library or assembling the Lego blocks might well be the thing that they are longing-for! If a kid enjoys dancing more than anything else, parents must give in to the child’s passion and also allow themselves to immerse themselves in it. This activity would give their children a sense of feeling that their choices matter and their interests are prized. The companionship between the family members becomes healthier as time progresses.
4 – Unplug During Meals
The eating table is perhaps the best place to chat and lose the worries of the day. Unplugging during mealtimes adds up to the quality family time you are longing-for. Nowadays, it is hard for working adults to lose the tech; however, it is mandatory to detach yourself from the outside world to reconnect with the family. If your phone sneaks its way onto the dining course, then no way you’re winning at spending quality time with your family.
5 – Create Inescapable Situations
With the advent of technology, routines have become swamped. Kids sometimes have to be forced to participate in family outings. But one way to make it possible is to create situations that would compel them to stay; for instance, taking them to their favorite sports match or grocery shopping with the family. Also, exercising together is a form of activity proven scientifically to formulate a strong bond between partners. According to experts, performing physical activities together adds to the relationship between individuals as it builds up the excitement and consumes a considerable amount of time productively.
6 – Take Days Off to Escape
Vacations are the time of the year when you can invest full attention towards your family. Use this time to escape reality for a while and heal your family’s left cracks created due to overwhelming routines. Quality time spent with your family shows them that you cherish the bond and give your best to bridge the gaps.
7 – Never Say No to an Adventure, No Matter How Small
It could be demanding to take time off for big holidays, as modern times make even the weekends saturated. Finding time for instant adventures could be less strenuous and always on the cards. By being creative about it, you can plan mini-adventures every once in a while to let your family not feel deprived of your time and attention.
8 – Teach the Kids, and Let the Kids Teach You
The warmth of spending quality time with our families, especially with the children when they are young, stays forever. As we age, we learn to perform our chores and activities with perfection. Before the kids lose their unique imperfections and creativity to the societal norms, let them teach you the bliss and glee of life. Spending time with toddlers can give adults the joys of wonder, enabling us to view the world in fairy tale strata, only if we pay attention. When you assure the children that their clumsiness taught you something, they would be confident enough to trust you with their fears in the future.
9 – Let Your Family Know That You Trust Them
Taking children into confidence shall pay you in the long run. As you get busy fulfilling responsibilities and could hardly find little moments to spend with your family, take a break now and trust them to take care of you. The easiest way to do so is to let your kids try a soup recipe or clean the house for you. Letting children navigate during drives also adds to their confidence and encourages them to trust you.
10 – Be a Child
Sometimes we are so occupied trying to be adults that we forget we were once young too. Free time might never become quality time if your family does not feel comfortable in your presence. Give freedom to the child inside you so that your family feels secure and comfortable in approaching you for their tales and adventures. It promises the quality time you’ve been seeking desperately with your family.
Finding ‘more time’ is nothing less of a miracle in today’s era. While families already find themselves under duress for not bridging the gaps created by busy schedules, more time will not heal. Ensure that you convert the ‘more time’ into ‘quality time’ that ensures an unbreakable bond among the family members.