Family Bonding*

Family Bonding

April 4, 2016

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

What is Family Bonding Time?

Family bonding time is time the family  spends together  meaningfully. This is a designated time your family plans to interact with each other over a group of activities or a major fun project..

Beneficial Effects of Spending Time Together:
Family members learn how to listen and work together.  Children learn how to behave in society by watching their parents interact with each other and with the world. Family bonding times are a great way to model expected behaviors inside the family circle and with others in the community.  Modeling expected behaviors is also a great way for the parents in the family to learn how to communicate to each other as well.
Promising your personal time at least one day out of the week will help members in your family gain a sense of self worth. Children that have guardians that take the time with them, begin to assign value to their family time. Children that do not have a sense of family values are more likely to be influenced by friends that do not necessarily have their best interests at heart.
Communications between family members improve. Parents often admit frustration when it comes to communication. Their children are not open, untrustworthy, do not listen or lack understanding between talker and listener.  Bonding time can help eliminate some of the frustration.  Parents can use this time to relate their childhood to an adolescent just beginning his childhood interactions.  Parents know the same trials have weathered us all. The amount of temptation and the sources of these hindrances are the only things that really change.
As important as it is to impart wisdom, it is just as important to be an active listener as well. While everyone is together, sometimes it’s just as important to redirect attention towards your family and ask “What’s going on with you?”