The Importance of Spending Time with Family While Staying and Working at Home

April 22, 2021

Spending time with family while WFH
Lorraine Lazaro

As the outdoor activities are put to a halt, you and your family members are left with no choice but to stay in the four corners of your home. The recent pandemic might have made it hard for the whole world, but the silver lining is that you and your family can work on being united. If you have had some differences in the past or unresolved issue, now is the time to sort things out and renew that bond.


For parents, you might have missed out on some milestones of your kids. You can spend some time together and talk more. There are lots of things you can do to pass time. Even if you are working at home, you can use your free time to do crazy and amazing new things with your family.


This article will guide you through some amazing activities you can do with your family. If you are on your off days from work, why not convert your work area to a mini fun game arena? You can start making memories with your family. Read on to know more.


Why Is Spending Some Quality Time with Family Important 


Before the pandemic has begun, most of us have been immersed in our phones and gadgets. We use our time to spend it browsing through the internet and scrolling down on social media sites. We have become people who are glued to screens. 


When people go out and eat at restaurants, you see them hanging out more with their phones rather than engaging in conversations. Many of us have become less social in ways that are not only helpful but important to our mental and physical well-being in our world of ubiquitous screen time and social media. 


Excessive social media use is one of the main risk factors for loneliness, according to a Cigna report published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Despite that, we have to work on being close again and turn those digital times into family times. 


Take this stay-at-home period as a way to work on being close again as a family. Start being one cohesive unit again and bond over long talks or even fun and exciting games. To reap the full benefits of social connection, we need in-person experiences. Many that are less lonely develop positive relationships, such as a social network and a long-term relationship.


The Things You Can Do with Your Family at Home


Looking for opportunities to spend more time with your family while still keeping the kids busy and healthy? Turn off the television and begin the fun with this list of easy, low-cost, and enjoyable fun activities that you can do at home.


1. Use the Opportunity to Have a Parent-Children Bonding 


Children learn best through play, which allows them to use their imaginations. However, remaining involved and engaging with our children for weeks, if not months, seems to be a challenging challenge. It has made even more difficult by the fact that parents are not always able to get out to shops to get supplies. Make do with what you have at home and create interesting games that boost competitiveness and problem-solving skills. Why not try a scavenger hunt inside your house. Kids cannot resist a scavenger hunt! Mom or Dad can plant little dime-store jewels and treasures in the garden, then draw up a map with directions for kids. You can even hide the map somewhere in the house and let the kids find it while making the bed or putting away toys


2. Stay Physically Active While Indoors

Even if you are all stuck at home, you can still make it sports-driven! Use your office desk or your Height Adjustable Ergonomic Study Desk from FlexiSpot as a makeshift table tennis area. You can also play table hockey. Just make it engaging and interesting for your kids. The fun is not just for the kids but you can also do some trendy indoor activities like charades using the Height Adjustable Whiteboard Standing Desk from FlexiSpot. Other family members can join as you create relay games for the family. You can use simple household items like cups and plates or other kitchen ingredients you can find. Just make sure that everyone is included and that you have a reward in place to make it more irresistible.


3. Get to Know Each Other More

Pre-pandemic circumstances have all of you outside and going on about your day. The kids are at school, nephews and nieces are with their friends, and aunts and uncles are working. There are fewer to no more complete dinners and luncheons. You all eat separately and there is no more time for catching up. Use this time to get some life updates from one another. Have a decent conversation without the interference of gadgets and technologies. Bond over a cup of joe or some afternoon treats. This can bring everyone closer again while encouraging a good discourse with every member of the family.


Wonderful Benefits of Spending Time with Family



  • It is beneficial to one's mental health. Face-to-face contact, as opposed to digital communication, ensures that everyone's presence is recognized. Being physically present with loved ones provides a good emotional support system to help you get through life's difficulties.



  • It aids academic success for children. Children do well in school as they spend more time with their parents. They learn how to communicate, and they understand the value of education.



  • It reduces the likelihood of behavioral issues. Children who spend more time with their family are less likely to develop behavioral problems including aggression and drug abuse. When they receive positive reinforcement for good conduct, they are more likely to proceed in that direction.



  • Increases self-assurance. Spending time with family members instills trust in both of them. Parents can help their children develop self-esteem by teaching them problem-solving and communication skills. The idea that they are respected and cherished by their loved ones instills trust in both parents and children.



  • Teaches effective conflict resolution. Being part of a family is fun, but it can be difficult, too. When conflicts arise, you cannot just walk away for good. You are in this together, so you have to work together to solve the issues that come up. Family time teaches interpersonal communication skills including healthy, constructive ways to discuss, debate, and solve problems. 



  • Encourages resiliency and adaptability. A close family relationship improves your ability to deal with life's changes and challenges. Knowing that you are loved, cared for, and needed gives you a sense of belonging and purpose. This assurance motivates you to keep moving forward, to expand, and to succeed.



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