As parents, we want to do everything possible to make sure our children are happy, healthy and prepared for life. It seems like every day we learn about something else that can affect our children for the better or worse. It’s hard to keep up with. But one fact is unwavering, and has been proven over and over again:
Spending time with your kids affects them positively in every aspect of their life.
When kids have adults in their lives that spend regular time with them, they are less likely to participate in risky behavior, have higher school GPAs, are more confident and social, and have better mental health.
It’s easy to get swept up in the chaos that is everyday life, running from work to sports practice, music lessons or art class especially in this season where it seems like there are too many commitments to count. Giving our kids every experience and leg up in life is every parent’s dream. And while these things are also important to creating a well-rounded human, the time spent with kids is equally important.
This doesn’t mean that you have to smother your kid constantly with your presence, but making a conscious effort to have dinner as a family, doing a game night, asking about homework and friends, walking the family dog together, all these simple things allow kids to feel valued and supported.
There is no better time than now to start! Kids from preschool to high school seniors benefit from spending time with the adults in their life.