In today’s fast-paced digital society, families sometimes find it challenging to spend quality time together. Between work, school and screen time, you may wonder if there will ever be a chance to get everyone together to just enjoy each other’s company. At the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we understand this struggle and have come up with five great ideas for family quality time that will help keep those familial bonds strong.
So turn off the television, put down the cell phone, and step away from the video game console — it’s time for some good ole’ family fun:
- Eat dinner together. Not only does sitting down for a meal allow you to spend time together, research shows that children who have dinner with their families do better academically and socially than their peers who do not.
- Play together. Provide non-digital opportunities for shared fun such as toys, board games, art supplies, and outdoor play equipment. Prove that not everything fun requires a screen.
- Read together. Whether you read to children, they read to you, or you all read books together, it will be a rewarding experience for everyone. See our blogs “Reaching the Reluctant Reader” and “Teaching Culture & Religion Through Picture Books” for tips on making the most of reading time.
- Schedule a “one-on-one date” with your child. This can be something as simple as a bike ride, going out for ice cream, or a day at the park. You can even make errands a date by turning them into mini road trips.
- Be available. While this may sound easy, life is hectic and at the drop of a hat, it can get in the way of your being there for your child. So, be sure to let your child know that even when you are super busy, you are there for him or her whenever needed, in person or just a phone call away.
Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.
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