Last week, I spoke on the person or people that are the inspiration for the these things we do. Your significant other or some other motivating force that keeps you going through it all. One thing I consider just as important as considering your family, is having time for your family. There’s no point in going through the effort of building something for your family, if you don’t have time to spend with your family. What’s the point, if not to enjoy the small amount of time you have with all of them.
Every day we do the things we do with our families best interest in mind. We spend so much time focused on what we should and need to do for them, that we often don’t spend time with them. A family needs more than the time we think fits for them. Kids need help with their homework, adults need time alone to talk and other things. You have events, school and other, that need your time and attention. If you have a family, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you. There’s a lot that needs to be done. Having the time for your family has to become a priority.
Now, I can’t tell you what you should do to make your family feel like their important in your life. It’s your family and you know what the like. I believe that families are like dogs in a machine. When each one is strong and working how they should, things run smooth. If one becomes chipped, dry, or has any other situation that could obstruct the flow of the system, the system shuts down. A family needs maintenance, just like any well working machine. Take the time to keep the machine running well.
Spending time with your family is more than just a benefit for the family. In a study written by South University, spending time with family increases children’s communication skills and grades at school. That to me is a benefit for the parents as well as the kids, because there is nothing like dealing with a bully, or being the parents of a bully.
Another benefit of spending time with family is that is lowers the hormones of the significant other. There are several studies on this but I love the blog “10 benefits of family time.” That says spending time talking will lower stress hormones, while increasing feel good chemicals in the brain. Now doesn’t that sound good?