Coronavirus has caused a surge in the number of infectious cases across the globe. Whilst health practitioners battle the virus day and night, one thing remains clear, that social distancing remains is the only weapon we have against this virus! Although staying at home is the only way to save lives, it is not as easy as it sounds. But we can take this opportunity to build a family bond stronger. 

It’s true that family is forever, but it is important that the family should stay healthy. Your family will be healthy if you give it time. Family Quality time is an essential factor that helps to create strong bonds, love, connections, and relationship among the family members. Spending quality time with family does help in coping with challenges, in still a feeling of security, inculcate family good values, fill kids with confidence, and much more. 

Here are few activities which we usually forget or not able to do because of our busy lifestyle. :

1.  A family that eats together stays together

Daily routines are a hectic race against time with all members rushing to reach their respective destinations on time. Sitting down and having breakfast together is the perfect way to start the day. Eating at least one meal together a day has been proven to reinforce communication. Teens who ate regular family meals were also more likely to be adjusted cohesive have good manners and communication skills. This effect is not restricted to the children -; mothers who ate with their families often were also found to be happier and less stressed as compared to mothers who did not. 

2.  Do chores together

AlthoughThough tedious, household chores need to be done daily. Whether it’s cleaning the house together, working in the garden, washing the car, cloths or serving a neighbor, time spent working as a family increases the family bond like no other activity I’ve found. We all love taking walks together.  The conversations that ensue when we work side by side are some of the most naturally flowing conversations ever. However, they need not be done by a single person.

3.  Spend some quality time together 

Many people are blessed with families, but yet some of them take it for granted. Perhaps, a blessing in disguise, this lockdown is an opportunity to disconnect from the technological world and reconnect as a family. Your time spent with them is life’s precious jewels that embed in their memories forever. 

Some stay-at-home parents or moms may think that they are somehow “better” than other parents or moms,the ones who stay away from home for most of the time. This is a misconception. We often think that it’s all about quantity when it comes to the time we spend with our family, whereas it is the quality of time that we need to give our family and children. Your kids care less about the hours you spend with them than how you spend your time with them. 

“You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once” 

4.  Connect with your spouse

Most couples claim to spend time with each other. Yet how much of that time is devoted to a spouse. During this lockdown do things together that deepens the understanding of one another. This is a time to show affection, appreciation, and encouragement to your spouse. 

You see your partner every single day. They are; he/she is the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss good night. But does seeing each other day in and day out equal be considered a healthy relationship? Not necessarily. Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust. By the grace of god, the time we all get this time have right now, it’s the best time to reconnect with you your spouse, and both side of, family and in-laws.  

5.  Put pen to paper

Whilst the lockdown effect inspires some to the extent of starting their own blogs, articles, journals others may try out poem writing or even drawing. Encourage your children to do the same. Drawing, painting and other arts and crafts are always fun hobbies to continue even after the lockdown. If you look online, you’ll find many easy science experiments you can do with your kids at home. You’ll probably only need everyday household items for any given project. It’s a fun way to spend time with your kids as they learn. Not only is this a fun way to spend time together, but it also promotes teamwork. 

6.  Create a virtual connection

Just because going outdoors is prohibited does not mean you have to sacrifice your social life. You can still enjoy those laughs and support and care for each other. Technology plays a major role in helping to connect with others. There are many social and video apps that can bridge the gaps between you and your loved ones.  

7. Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power and knowledge can be acquired through reading. Reading stimulates the mind, prevents memory loss and depression, and relaxes you. So, utilize this time to educate yourself, whilst setting an example for your children. 

8. Play Board Games Together

There are many board games designed to interest all members of your family regardless of age. It doesn’t take that much time and you don’t have to leave the house. Building these memories for your children is invaluable to their state of mind and your own. 

The most important thing is to spend time together as a family!