Our day to day is BUSY!! Sometimes that means the most important things slip through our fingers. If you're anything like us, you look at your growing kids daily and think "They are growing up too fast." But, sometimes, on those same days, I'm thinking "Is it bed time yet??" These days are long. but the years are short. Embracing our family dynamic as it is, is powerful and important. Taking time for our kids, interacting with them, playing games, discovering together, going on adventures, it all builds connection and creates a strong support system.That time tells them "You matter to me, you are important" Our kids need that. Even when we are tired, they need to know there is space for them.
We can't go back in time and create memories that we wish we would have made. We can't recreate a childhood. The time is now. Giving our children a strong, loving, connected family flows over into nearly every aspect of their lives. How much our kids feels loved and accepted can impact overall behavior, academic performance, confidence levels, how they handle setbacks, their dreams, and so much more.
Little things make a difference to our kids. Traditions are huge! Taco Tuesdays, eating dinner together, Sunday morning breakfast, Friday family nights. Our kids remember these traditions. They find comfort and love there.
When our kids feel connected to their parents and other siblings they are more likely to be open and speak up when they are struggling, less likely to succumb to peer pressure, and less likely to struggle in school!
Yes, there are many other factors involved in all of these points, but intentional, meaningful family time is a huge contributing factor.
We would love to hear what some of your favorite ways to connect with your family! Leave a comment and share with us!!
The Funily Team