Your kids in fifth and sixth grade have soccer practice. Your junior high 7th grade boy Mark has football practice. Your high school kids are involved in clubs and devote most of their times towards their friends and other things to do with school. In all this hustle and bustle of daily life and your daily routines, families are having a harder time to have family dinners. Having family dinners with the whole and complete family used to be a no-brainer and something that most people believed in. But with the conflicting schedules and the longer-lists of things to do and jobs of high school teenagers, where is the family time that is needed? Indeed, experts in the psychology field agree that having family dinners or some kind of family bonding at least once a week will contribute to a close-knit family, among other benefits. But do families always find the time to do this? It seems that there is always something else to do rather than to spend quality time with your family. However, here are some suggestions in case your family is one of those that always has something going on, but still wants to enjoy quality family time.
Family time does not always have to mean sitting down together for dinner. Even though this has been the traditional case and example of a good family, there is definitely more to do than have dinner. One decision may be to devote a specific night of the week or weekend to a family movie or a movie that the family will all enjoy. You can even introduce pizza and popcorn and other snacks to this family night. Just veging out on the couch and the floor gives you and your children the chance to experience much-needed family bonding. And even though you may not talk a whole lot during the movie, there’s nothing that says the end of the movie signals the end of the family bonding time.
Another suggestion would be to have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. There is most likely more than one park to choose from, so you can even switch the location from week to week. Bringing along hot dogs and other food wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t want to go on a picnic, though, you can always spend time at a camping ground. However, the weather may not always be nice for this event and you may need to improvise a little bit in order to continue the family bonding time from week to week.
Having a family bonding time, however, is crucial to the development not only of the whole family, but also of the individual kids and adults also. The family is the basic unit of society and the family is one of the first places where we learn to socialize, share, and resolve conflicts. More families across America need to find a return to having family bonding time; once they do, they will find that there lives are not only more fulfilling, but there will be less conflict and more agreements as a whole within their family.