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FAMILY FUN TIME!
I know what you're thinking, "Who has time for fun?" These days it seems as though it's far too few a family that takes time for fun.
Unfortunately, family fun just isn't a priority in most homes. However, play is the glue that bonds families, molds memories, and balances health and sanity. At least part of mental stability includes the ability to have fun, but "fun" seems to be viewed in our culture as frivolous. We struggle with guilt when we deviate from our usual work-orientation. That shouldn't be the case!
The interaction of play between parents and children has special benefits. It's a great equalizer. Watch the excitement in your kids eyes the next time you're playing hide-and-go-seek when you can't find your kids because they've hidden so well! Kids learn there's a time and place for "silly" in life.
When a new game doesn't go very well it's time to learn that new things don't always go as planned and it's okay because you were willing to give it a try. Kids who see their parents risk making mistakes and looking silly is an important life lesson. Plus, when children are introduced into new areas of entertainment they're being exposed to activities that may just provide a lifetime of pleasure. Conquering a new sport or game gives excitement for life which is a great counter to passive television viewing.
So, if you're still wondering how to find the time for this important issue of family fun, the key is to "take time to make time" for it! Reserve some time today for your next family gathering for fun. It's a lot like dealing with your money, you have to commit to setting a certain amount aside and then stick to it.
posted on: 5/5/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.