Why Family Time is Important

As parents, all we want is for our children to be happy and healthy. You hope that you raise your child right so that they develop into an amazing adult. An influential component of raising your child comes with spending time with them.

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Early bonding between you and your child can impact their mental health, including their communication and social skills. Your child’s values and personality traits are going to develop as they grow, and you want to have the knowledge and control to help them be the best version of themselves. Read below about how spending quality time with your child will help shape them during their significant character building years.

Your’s and your spouse’s behavior can be a model for your child

Monkey see, monkey do, right? Well, your child is going to learn a lot from seeing how you and your spouse act. Spending time together will allow for your child to model the behaviors they see illustrated in the household. This means you have to be careful about what you say and do around your child. You may think they don’t hear you or won’t take notice, but they do. Use an understanding tone with your spouse and all of your children. Build a good relationship with all family members, and use problem-solving skills when an argument arises. Your child will learn a lot about how to communicate and interact with others based on how you act, so make sure you become a good example.

Your child will feel loved

It’s important as a parent to find ways to remind our kids that we love them. While saying “I love you” every day is a big part of that, family bonding is crucial to making your child feel loved. That family time will instill in your child that they are a priority to you and your spouse, which is key for your child’s mental health as they develop. In this age of technology, it’s easy to get caught up on social media and on our phones, which can make our children feel ignored and set a bad example that they can use their phones whenever they want. Setting aside lots of family time is important to keep your child’s wellbeing in focus.

Your relationship will grow stronger

The bond that forms from spending time with your child will last a lifetime, and it’s necessary to start it early on. You want to establish a sense of trust between you and your child as they grow older. Spending one-on-one time with them is a great way to build that trust, which will only benefit your relationship. You want your child to feel like they can be open and honest with you about their feelings. Your bond will make them feel comfortable coming to you with issues or concerns they’re having. That great relationship will only continue to grow stronger as your child gets older, which is a rewarding aspect of parenting.

Ways you can spend time as a family

  • Get some exercise: Spending time together is also a great opportunity to instill healthy habits in your child. Exercise is really important for your child’s growth, so be a good example and suggest going on a daily walk together. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is a direct correlation in physical activity levels between a parent and child. When parents make exercise a priority in adolescence, the child is more likely to engage in physical activity as they get older.
  • Learn with them: Establish a routine to sit down with your child and go over their lessons so they know that schoolwork is a top priority. A great way to keep the learning going with your child even after the normal school day is over is to watch an educational movie that aligns with your home-school curriculum. A movie is something you can watch together to make learning fun and to increase your time for bonding. Watch a documentary or a show series that can teach you and your child something new!
  • Play a board game: It’s always a good time to play games as a family, so let your child pick their favorite and have a blast. Playing a friendly board game can be an opportunity to teach your child that it’s not about winning, but just important to have fun!
  • Cook dinner together: Cooking with your child is an exciting way to do something together and to teach them something they might not have known. You can introduce the concept of social responsibility, foster teamwork, and explain new vocabulary. While you might usually spend time making dinner alone, this is just another part of your day that allows you to spend time as a family. Even better, eating the meal you’ve cooked together is a great time to sit down and discuss your days with each other. You can ask what their favorite part of the day was or what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming week.

Happy Easter (and an Announcement!)

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you had a blessed and wonderful Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Ours was hectic but it was really good at the same time.

ANNOUNCEMENT

So, this may seem a little random but I want to share what is happening and how it will affect the blog.

So, a few weeks ago, I started working with someone as an administrative specialist. Doing that work reawakened in me my love of administrative work. I love serving others and getting things do and I LOVE helping solo business owners gain freedom and focus so they can serve their clients.

Therefore, after a lot of prayer and discernment, I have decided to re-launch my administrative support business. I am very excited about this but in re-opening the business will require some changes. In particular, it will leave less time for this blog and my personal Facebook group.

To be clear, I am not abandoning this ministry, just scaling down. Instead of blogging weekly, I will be blogging at least once a month and hopefully twice a month. It just depends on my time availability. I also will not be doing any coaching – at least for a while. Only God knows what will happen but It will be good!

God bless!

(P.S. My Administrative website isn’t quite updated yet so please be patient. Products, offers, and info coming shortly.)

Join Me for a Facebook Live Today (Thursday, February 8)!

I would for you to join me for a Face book Live in my group today. It will be at 1:30 pm EST and I will be talking about some specific ways you can make Lent meaningful this year.

Let’s make this year a Lent where you truly deepen your relationship with the Lord, rather than just going through the motions!

I hope to see you there!

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A Rough Week and a Crash!

Boy, when it rains, it pours. Last week we found out that my Aunt Carol passed away. She wasn’t particularly sick that we knew of so even though she was 70, the death was unexpected. 🙁

Then a few days later, my computer crashed – as in having to do a complete system restore kind of crash. Thankfully most everything was backed up so what I did lose, I didn’t need or it wasn’t too important.

The worst part of the crash was not being able to blog or access my email list. I have my phone and a tablet but I had trouble accessing certain things with them. I think I will figure it out as soon as I can in case this happens again. And, i am thinking I may have to suck it up and get a new computer. Not that getting a new computer would be much of a hardship!

Be assured, whether I get the chance to get online, that you are in my prayers!

Virtual Advent Retreat Starts Tommorow

HEADS UP: Tomorrow we will begin our first ever (free) Virtual Advent Retreat. I will go live on Facebook about 1:15 or thereabouts; therefore, if you aren’t a member of the Catholic Woman’s Prayer and Encouragement Group yet, go over to the group and request membership now.

During the session tomorrow, I will do a little introduction, some housekeeping, and end with a short meditation. Then, during the following three weeks, I will do a short meditation on one of the scriptures from Mass and we will pray together.

Each session will be short, sweet, and to the point. 🙂

I hope to see you there!

God bless!

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS!

I wish you a truly blessed and wonderful day. Thank you for reading this blog, connecting with me, and for just being you. You are truly a gift.

 

Thanksgiving

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Until We See Each Other Again

On Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day), my cousin suddenly passed away of a heart attack. He was only 55. The whole family is in a state of shock.

Most of us saw Randy at a family gathering the day before (Sunday). It was a great day and we all had some much  fun. Randy was smiling, having a good time, and being his usual funny self. And the next day, he is gone.

His death brings home the Lord’s words that we don’t know the day or the hour when we will be die. We really must be ready at all times…

Until We Meet Again

Please humor me as I share a story. Soon after my (now) husband and I met, I brought him to a family get together to meet everyone. At one point, Randy brought us apart and says to Michael, “So, what exactly is your intentions with my cousin?” Then he goes on to tell Michael that he better not hurt me or he (Randy) will make him regret it!.” He said in a joking way but it was sweet that he was looking after me.

But that was Randy. He would do anything for anyone. He was such a loving, great guy that worked hard and loved his family to pieces.

Randy, you will be forever missed! Until we see each other again!

Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”

Merry Christmas and See You Next Year! (Blogging Break)

Today starts my yearly Christmas blogging break. There are several things going on so I am starting the break a little early this year. You know the drill – “when you make plans, God laughs!”  I’ll be back on or around January 4, 2017, I promise. 🙂 (Wow, I can’t believe I am writing 2017! Where did the time go?!)

I am very grateful for each of you and wish all of you and your families a truly wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year Celebration. May 2017 be a year of great graces and blessings for all of us.

Christmas manger

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

Wishing all of you and your families a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back to blogging on Monday, November 28.

Thanksgiving

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Get Out There and Vote!

I don’t get political on this blog or on social media and that is on purpose. So, I am not going to tell you for whom you should (or must) vote. I do, however, want to encourage you to get out there and vote today!

It is your God-given privilege and right to vote. And for us women, who didn’t get the right to vote until 1920, it is especially important that we take full advantage of this right. So please, vote, vote, vote!

Get Out There and Vote