The Importance of Family Time

The Import fam time

Society is great at limiting the time a family has to be together. Usually one or both parents work outside the home and kids often spend much of their day at school leaving only a few short hours for family time. Extracurricular events such as sports, scouts, church and other after school activities pull families in even more directions.

It is a rare exception to have a everyone in a family in the same place. It seems harder and harder for each generation to make family time a priority. It is something we have to decide we want enough that we are willing to make it happen for ourselves. We can’t count on others to set aside a set numbers of hours a week and say that it is family time. It’s our job to protect our time. We have to commit to saying no to some seemingly good things in able to protect the time our families need together.

Family relationships are the most important!

Reasons Why I Want Family Time:

  • This is where my children learn what a family is. They learn about the cycle of life, how to care for others, and what unconditional love is.
  • I want my family to stay connected and grow closer together rather than apart. The relationships within my family come before relationships with others.
  • I want my children to come to me with problems, questions, excitement etc. not someone else.
  • It is healthy to be around different age groups. There is so much wisdom and grace to learn from those older and younger.
  • You learn to communicate and interact with every age group instead of only those the same age as you.
  • I don’t want my children to get all their advice and be continually influenced by their peers. (Sometimes peers can help you feel understood but oftentimes they help you dig deeper into the rut you are in and become more dissatisfied with your family.)
  • I love my family and I want to spend time with them. (Might be selfish, but it’s true. I want to see and enjoy the people I care about.)

Friends come and go and passions change but your family will be there forever. Let’s nurture those relationships that count the most.

 

Why do you prioritize family time?

(I hope you’ll come back Thursday as we discuss Family and the Church)

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10 thoughts on “The Importance of Family Time

  1. Angela

    I recently just listened to Richard Ross (true love waits) say that we should be trying to have dinner together at least 5 times a week. Statistics have shown that this is what it takes to win our children’s hearts, for now and the future. I know for us this time is almost sacred. It might not happen every day of the week but it’s never a question if we are going to sit down together to eat.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      What an interesting statistic! Dinner time is one of the first moments our family has together each day. What a great thing to have established – sitting down to eat!

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  2. Janet

    We really try to be intentional about family time for the same reasons you stated. As the kids are getting older(13 & 10), we see their desire to spend more time with friends, which is understandable. However, we try to make sure there is a proper balance of friend time and family time. My oldest recently asked if she could go spend the afternoon with a friend. We said no because my husband was going out of town the next day on business and we were planning to spend time together as a family. She understood our reason for saying no and was fine with our decision.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Yeah, it’s pretty easy for us now that the kids are only 2 and 4 months. Glad to see how it has worked for your family and how your girls understand things from your perspective! Hopefully we’ll have that sort-of relationship with Kenna and Spencer when they are older. Parenting is definitely a hard job.

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  3. Mel Caldicott

    Family time is one of our core family values too. It’s something I definitely want to keep up with as my kids get older and more independent. I think for us it’s one of the times we laugh together the most which is so important!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions and Connect With God

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Laughing together is so important! I’m looking forward to making fun traditions as our children get older. Friday night pizza is one we are re-instituting after a hiatus.

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  4. Michelle

    I prioritize family time because I know how quickly they grow up (mine are 1 & 4). I don’t want to regret missing out on possibly my favorite stage of their lives.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      It’s crazy how fast they grow up. My baby will be 6 months old next week and I can’t believe it. He doesn’t look like a little baby anymore. I don’t want to miss out on anything either!

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks! Family time is (mostly) so fun! I want to be intentional about doing things as a family when my children are young so they will grow up with it being a part of their life.

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