This is my family, my husband Stanley and our two adorable sons Elijah and Kalu .
There is nothing I value more than spending quality time with my family. The word “family” is a collective term, in other words, it is not just the number of individuals living together under the same roof, but a group of people who are connected and share good as well as tough times. Nobody understands me like my family and my family is a source of comfort that brings me joy and safety.
As a family, we are not always perfect but it is expedient to us that we build bonds that will get us through the tough times. There are quite a few benefits of family time together and there are some trends for family time that you may find surprising. Spending more time together with my husband and two little young ones while indulging in leisure activities strengthens our family bond. This holds true to all type of activities.
Hanging out with my family need not to be a very fancy activity that require a bigger sum of money. Even home-based, low-cost activities such as playing a board game, gardening or playing outdoors have a significant impact on the ‘health’ of my family. Almost all the times we go out together make everybody in the family feel closer emotionally to each other, which is always a good thing.
Our mandatory everyday activities are known as our family vital activities, whereas those that require more time, money and planning (special events, vacations) can be activities that balance the family bond. Both are deeply related to a family’s ability to better adapt to the changes that come with life endeavors.
The strengthening of family bonds is one of the important benefits of family time. A lot of who we are as parents is developed when we are kids. All we know is our parents and family initially and developing a sense of belonging as a child is a huge benefit of family that stays with you throughout your life. A sense of belonging can lead to a happier child. A benefit of family time is learning that we are cared for and needed and both elements are important to happiness. Families need all their members to be an active giving part of the circle to function at their best.
By Binalayefa Nagberi -Okoro