Spending time together as a family is important for several reasons. The most important of these being bonding. In order to have quality time together you must first spend time together. The argument is that if you have a greater quantity of family time then the chances of having more quality time together increases. The four main reasons you need to have quality family time are.
If you don’t help your child feel like he or she is a member of the family they may look elsewhere for the support they need. It has been said that many children become gang members because the gang makes them feel like someone cares and that they create a sense of belonging for the child. Your child needs to feel like they “belong” to the family and that they can come to the members of your family for whatever reason.
All of us need to learn the basic lessons of life. Whether we learn them at home or elsewhere depends on many factors; the major one being that if they are not learned at home the will be learned elsewhere.
Divorces are on the rise today and if this isn’t the value you want them to learn, then you need to help instil this family value in them. This will be done by showing them what a family is about and demonstrating to them how important it is to spend time together.
Stronger Family Unit
The stronger the family unit you have the better off you and your kids will be. It has been shown that those who are part of a strong family unit do better in life.
Movies are a great way to spend family time. However, if both parents are busy working it is often difficult to keep up on what are the better movies for the whole family to be seeing. Working Mothers and Common Sense Media came up with the following movies as great ones for families to see. I am sure there are others but this should give you a great list to start with.
As you find ones that your family enjoys ad them to the list to pass on to others. Be sure to discuss with the kids after watching them what they thought were the best parts and what they did not like. Oh, and don’t forget to pop up one huge bowl of popcorn before the show begins.
- Ernest & Celestine (6+)
- The Lego Movie (6+)
- Big Hero 6 (7+)
- The Book of life (7+)
- How to Train Your Dragon (7+)
- Song of the Sea (7”)
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (9+)
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya (9+)
- Underwater Dreams (10+)
- Belle (10+)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (12+)
- Selma (13+)
- The Fault of our Stars (14+)
- Next Goal Wins (14+)
- Birdman (16+)
- Boyhood (17+)