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Making time for fun together

December 18, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In their book, The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan say,

“Kids and parents need unstructured time together . . .. Families need “hang-out times,” not doing homework or structured activities” (p. 127). 

In other words…

 Sometimes we become over-scheduled, which can result in both parents and children becoming frazzled, frustrated, and distant. Relationships thrive when people relax together—having fun, talking, laughing, eating—just enjoying each other’s company.

 Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Set aside at least one night a week for family time. Give this night priority and don’t let other activities interfere. Do not let the TV rule the evening. Let your children take turns choosing what the family will do: take walks, ride bikes, do a craft, play a game, or read a story together and discuss it. Shared activities build memories and connections.

To find out more…

 about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish.

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