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Do you need to spend time with your family? Here’s 6 warning signs that will tell you that you need to make more time for your kids and partner.
I think that we parents instinctively know that it is important to spend time with family.
Most of the time we do a pretty good job of juggling our responsibilities and making time for our kids.
But there are times when our priorities slip and the pressures of everyday life start to distract us. Suddenly we realize that it’s been ages since we had any meaningful time together as a family
When that happens, it’s time to pull back and create space in our family life. We need to create space without screens and stress and busy schedules. The trouble is sometimes we don’t recognize the need straight away. What if I can give you some helpful signs that you need to slow down and spend more time with your family?
Interested? Here we go!
6 Warning signs you need to spend time with your family
1. Children Acting Out
Did you know that children act out and act up when they are feeling disconnected from us?
Many things can cause that sense of disconnection. Busy schedules, lack of meaningful conversation, or too much screen time.
Signs that your children feel disconnected include
- Pushing the limits of acceptable behavior
- Lashing out
- Becoming super clingy
Any of those sound familiar?
TRY THIS: Reconnect with these simple suggestions.
2. Your Schedule Is Too Full
I have seen this first hand … the feeling of overwhelm that comes from a schedule that is crammed full to bursting. You know that you need to spend time with your children.
You simply cannot cram
Does your schedule causes you to feel too busy or tired to spend time with your family? Then it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate how you spend your time.
TRY THIS: Stop, slow down, and simplify
3. Screens Take Over family Life
This is a biggie!
Have screens taken over your family life? Do you spend more time on your screens than with your family? Are screens on during family meals? If yes then it’s time to examine the way we use our technology.
TRY THIS: See what happens when you turn off your device.
4. Little Or No Family Fun
When was the last time that your family did something fun together?
- A dance party
- A little science
- Enjoyed some art
- Told silly jokes
- Went for a walk
- Laughed hysterically over nothing
If it been more than a week it is a clear sign that you need to spend more time together.
5. Family Expressing Resentment
I never forget the day one of our boys asked his dad (a busy clergyman),
“Dad when do we get to be parishioners?”
My son noticed that his dad spent a lot of time attending to the needs of parishioners. He wanted some of that attention.
Do you feel resentment over the lack of time with your partner or your children?
What about your children?
Do your children or partner complain that you are always busy? Do they moan about having to do certain things?
Listen up! This is a really important sign that you need to spend more time together. It is a clear indicator that a conversation and balance are needed.
6. No Meaningful Conversation
When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with your children? With your life partner?
Be honest now!
- Do you know what is going on in their lives?
- Have you heard about their joys and challenges?
- Can you name their fears and hopes?
If the answer is no it could be an sign that you spend some extra time with your child or partner.
Build those family relationships
Close family relationships are built, moment-by-moment, from shared experiences.
It’s like falling in love.
If we want these kinds of deep connections, we have to give our time to those we love.
It’s really easy to fall out of the habit of spending time together. Fortunately these 6 super valuable signs will act as a reminder, so you can get back on track easily.
What do you think?
Is your family in need of more time together? What signs have you noticed?
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