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How to Ensure Quality Time with Family

Home is where the heart is. True. But sometimes, that’s not where our family members are, physically at least. With the proliferation of entertainment and commercial centers that take quality time away from home, families start to drift apart as they spend less and less time together. Here’s are simple ways to counter that trend.


Home is where the heart is. True. But sometimes, that’s not where our family members are, physically at least. With the proliferation of entertainment and commercial centers that take quality time away from home, families start to drift apart as they spend less and less time together. Here’s are simple ways to counter that trend.

  1. Have a family meeting

If you are dead serious about spending quality time with the entire family, then you must set time to meet and discuss this. Try to listen to others’ opinions, and more importantly their feelings about the issue at hand. Be open. Listen and try to speak last. The idea is to understand where everyone stands before coming up with a solution that everyone embraces. Now give family meetings a try.

  1. Agree to a specific time for the family

Like any relationship, it takes time to deepen or to heal. Agreeing to a concrete time for the family to be together is one way of bridging that gap. You can make it as frequent as possible, but you may want to start with a few minutes and a few times each month. A little chat or a family mealtime that has disappeared from your routine will do. Then you can gradually make it longer and more frequent as each one deems fit. The important thing is you start a simple family schedule.

  1. Rebuild family rituals

Human beings thrive in rituals. It’s just who we are because we are social animals. We thrive in relationships and these relationships thrive because of things we repeatedly do with people we love. Families benefit from rituals too. Although we do not recognize them as such.

Rituals can be as simple as storytelling and good night greetings before bed, a weekly family movie or picnic, or as grand as a big annual family reunion during the holiday season. Whatever yours are, make a commitment to bring them back to life once more. Bring your family home, where their heart truly is. Have a family ritual that matters.

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Jeff is a full-time family man by day and a multipotentialite by night. When not writing for Domobase, he's usually creating music, learning new skills, or working on his businesses till the wee hours of the morning.