In this modern age of instant access to information, economic challenge that requires most parents to work outside the home, and too little “down” time, families are often left with little time for establishing traditions that can build lifelong lessons for kids. According to a recent study at the University of Southern California, 28 percent of families reported a decrease in the amount of time available to spend together, a 17 percent increase since 2006. Teens and parents alike are spending more and more time away from each other. Those numbers reflect myriad variables families now must consider when managing their lives. But they don’t have to preclude parents from inserting a few simple practices that can yield invaluable benefits for their families.
Malcolm and Laura Gauld encourage parents to insert three important…and low maintenance ingredients…for building a stronger family unit:
- Get a job: Everyone needs to learn how to work. A job not only contributes to the household, but also instills a sense of accomplishment.
- Weekly Family Meetings: Getting together once a week will benefit everyone. Set a reasonable time limit and include everyone in the household.
- Mandatory Fun: The premise is simple: Everyone must go along and we will have fun as a family. Each family member should get a chance to plan the outing.
The responsibility for strengthening the family run does not rest with one individual. Instead, decisions are based on a set of principles developed by the family as a whole. It becomes a lens we apply to all situations and interactions, a context we use to understand our family, our community, ourselves. We begin to control less, trust more, and becoming stronger as a family.
If you are looking for more tips on building on stronger family unit, contact Pam Hardy of The Biggest Job today.