Families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a single parent and child, or three generations living under one roof, the true meaning of family stays the same – people who love, encourage, and support each other unconditionally. And that love and support is the basis for raising happy, healthy, and secure children.
The five weeks between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is officially designated National Family Month. Created by KidsPeace and recognized by Congress in 1998, National Family Month provides an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to recognize the importance of family involvement in the lives of children. And because it coincides with the end of the school year, National Family Month encourages families to spend time together, renew relationships, and grow and strengthen the family unit over summer vacation.
And while planned outings and big vacations are great opportunities for reconnecting with our loved ones, every day provides a chance to focus on those most important to us and make memories that last a lifetime.
Here are 5 tips to help you spend more quality time with your family this month, and every day.
Start a new family tradition.
Whether it’s a cousin’s sleepover the last Friday of the month, a Sunday family dinner, or planting an annual vegetable garden, traditions connect us and give us something to look forward to and pass down to future generations.
Reach out to extended family.
If you have family that you see only once a year or so, reach out to them. In today’s world, there’s no excuse for not staying connected.
Get the kids involved in household chores.
While they might not be so eager to dust or fold the laundry, involving kids at an early age will foster responsibility and help instill a strong work ethic. Plus, since many helping hands make for lighter work, everyone can enjoy more time together when the chores are completed.
Give your family your undivided attention.
Put a ban on electronics during family time. The emails, phone calls, and games can wait, as can other distractions. Being physical and emotionally present for 30 minutes is more impactful and important than being physically present but distracted for 2 hours.
Here at LBA, ours is a family of home comfort professionals dedicated to your more comfortable, convenient, and safer indoor living. And if that contributes even a little to a happier home life for you and yours, then we’re even more grateful for the opportunity to serve as your family’s home comfort provider.