The family that plays together, stays together. Is this actually true? I would say they most certainly have a better chance of staying together than families that don’t take the time for family play time. I feel the meaning of family is getting lost in our society. This is only my personal opinion and I know everyone has their own, I respect that.
But think about it for a minute, how busy are families nowadays? When I look around I see people coming and going, some dragging their kids (some kids very cranky, some just look bored) around and always rushing from here to there. Throw the, “omg, what would I ever have done without it!”, cell phone into the mix, and it occurred to me, do people ever take a break and just play?
Now, this doesn’t include that once a year family vacation or a ball game your kid is playing in. I mean actually having a family play time, where you sit down and play a board game with your kids or play with building blocks with your toddlers, where you build the blocks up, they crash them down and giggle so much they roll on the floor. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Kids are only young once and each year goes by so quickly especially in today’s busy society of technology.
Put those electronics away at least one night a week and just play as a family. It can be anything from a quiet coloring time to an all out pillow fight, just play, even if only for an hour. And to take it one step further, pick one day a month to find an activity for the whole family to enjoy together. It can be a day at the beach, a trip to the bowling alley, a hike and a picnic. Let your children help plan. The possibilities are endless and most don’t cost much but your time.
Just remember to make it a “no electronics day”. (Bring one for emergencies, but have it off or on silent and concentrate on enjoying that time with your family.) I can almost guarantee these will be memories they carry into their adult lives and possibly into their own families.
What do you think? Yay or Nay? Do you have family play time?