Whether you are a father, grandpa, or uncle, your time and attention towards the children in your family are priceless! You do not need to wait until summer vacation to start making a powerful difference. The benefits to spending time with children are endless, but a few reasons are listed here.
It builds self-esteem
Children who spend time with family in activities together build a positive sense of self-worth. When children feel that they are valued, they feel more positive about themselves. Family activities do not have to be expensive trips to be meaningful, the important part is just being together.
It strengthens family bonds
Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to challenging situations as a family.
It develops positive behavior
Children and adolescents who spend more time with positive adults are less likely to get involved in risky behavior. According to studies done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse via Arizona State University, teens who have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol and one and a half times more likely to use marijuana.
It encourages communication
When you spend time with the children in your family you are fostering an environment for open communication. Good communication is important for children to feel comfortable with talking to about anything. Simply asking a child how their day ask gone can make a big difference.
Children learn by example. If you are setting a good example for them by spending quality time together, they are more likely to adopt those behaviors in other relationships in their lives.
NEXT STEPS: Schedule a “play date” with a child or the children in your family.
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