SA Kids On The Go

Importance of time with your kids SA Kids Newsletter Apr 2017

 Dear Parents,

The concept of “family” has changed a great deal in recent times and there are now various forms of families and different styles of parenting. However, “family time” is of utmost importance to create a safe and happy place for your children. I know many parents both have to work but that is why it is important to understand that it is not about “the amount of time” we spend with our kids, but the “quality time” that we need to give our children and family.
I go away quite a lot now that my kids are older, but I still feel very guilty at times for leaving my son, husband and grandson (who loves visiting me) behind. However, I do my best to give them my full attention when I am home by doing things with them.
My son occasionally joins me on some of my day hikes and I feel so blessed to share my passion with him. This is really our special time together but it only happens on weekends or during a school holiday and not nearly enough to create a stronger bond.
One day he found a picture with a recipe and asked me to make him that particular dish. I said "NO, but you can help me so we can make it together" and that was the start of him now cooking for us every once in awhile, while my husband and I enjoy our wine watching him. (With a bit of help from mom on the side-line of course!
So you see; There are many other ways to make time with your family more meaningful. The list is only limited by your imagination. Spending family time with your children can be by reading a bedtime story to them, checking their homework, getting involved in a family project, watching them play their favourite sports, sharing chores and decision making, making time for each other...
Or it can be as simple as asking your children how their day was at school, and discussing it. Remember to listen and not do all the talking. Your kids need a sense of belonging and security, as they need to feel they have someone they can turn and look up to, for anything. Spending family time together ensures that a deep, strong, family bond develops.
Children grow up and are gone before you realise it, so don’t waste the time you have now, rather spend as much time with your family as possible.
Remember, that strong families are able to withstand setbacks and crisis with a positive attitude, shared values, and beliefs that help them cope with challenges. You have nothing to lose and only your family’s closeness to gain.
With much love and gratitude,
Tania and Coral-Leigh

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