Our calendars are filled up with work, school, homework, and many other activities throughout the year. It is getting harder to find enough free time to spend with your loved ones. However, holidays are a perfect opportunity to be with your family uninterrupted and it is a perfect escape from the demands of everyday life.
This is a chance to make priceless memories that last a lifetime and enjoy moments of laughter and fun, but there are many other benefits of spending time with your family during the holidays.
Disconnecting From Technology
Disconnecting from technology will help you realize the importance of face to face conversation with your family members. You will enjoy hearty, honest interactions, without being distracted by the digital world.
Sharing Pre and Post-Holiday Happiness
Planning holidays in advance will let your brain produce more “happy” hormones, that will result in a cheerful, more positive attitude that increases performance in school and at work. This effect will also last for a couple of weeks after the holiday.
Spending Time With Family Helps Kids Develop Parenting Skills
Children love spending time with their parents, and that helps them develop parenting skills because kids learn by example. They will apply the parenting skills they learn from you to their future children, and treat their siblings the way you treat them.
More Family Time Results In Less Behavioral Problems
Children who communicate more with their parents tend to have fewer behavioural issues. Communication is the key to the solution to many problems. If you help your children learn to talk through the problems while they are little, they will keep doing the same when they grow older. This is especially important for teenagers who are going through a lot of hard moments, and there is no better thing for them from caring, non-judgemental advice from their parents. That kind of approach will help them choose better solutions for their problems in adulthood, too.
More Family Time Builds Greater Self-Confidence
Family can foster healthy self-esteem and a positive self-concept through helping the child develop important skills that lead to self-confidence, like social confidence and problem-solving skills. This will change the way family members see themselves, and their ability to succeed in life. If parents show a positive value of themselves, the children will learn to value themselves too.
Family Time Strengthens Family Bonding
Many people think that only the fancy activities that require a bigger sum of money can impact the “health” of the family. Even low-cost, home-based activities like playing a board game, gardening or playing outdoors can make everyone involved feel closer to each other emotionally. The strengthening of bonds is one of the most important benefits of spending holidays with your family.
Trying New Things
Being on a holiday means that you are more relaxed than usual and more open to new ideas. There is no safer and more comfortable feeling than being with your family, and vacations are a perfect time to do something you haven’t done before. Each member of your family can pick the activity they enjoy, and then everyone should participate.
Have You Started Making Plans For Your Next Family Holiday?
We live in an age when technology and busy schedules disconnect us from reality. We are unable to make time and visit our family, and sometimes we think that a birthday wish written on social media can replace human interaction.
All of this affects the connection we have with our family members and although we don’t see that right away, we don’t even have a chance to connect on a deeper level. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to spend quality time with your family.
In case this article wasn’t enough to help you learn how to improve the emotional relationship between you and your family members and communicate better, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ginny Lindsay is an experienced therapist at Sydney family counselling From 2 to 3 who will teach you how to nurture your family relationships and respect each other more.