Whether we’re shopping at Coquitlam Centre, getting groceries from PriceSmart Foods, hopping on the West Coast Express for work or dropping off the kids at school—most of us in Coquitlam are usually on the go. With our busy and fast-paced schedules, it’s not always easy to stay close and connected to our families. And when everyone in your family has their own schedules and activities—it’s more important than ever to keep your family close together so you can support each other and share in each other’s interests. Spending quality time with your family can strengthen your family bond, help you understand each other better and make you feel comforted and loved. It can also help children overcome behavioral issues, have a positive foundation and in some cases, even improve academic performance.
Take Advantage of Drive Times
If you feel that your family could benefit from being closer together, start by taking advantage of drive times. When you’re ferrying the kids to school or to extra circular activities, use that time to connect with them by talking and sharing. You can talk to them about their day or tell them about yours. This can help you to connect with your kids while you are on-the-go and share in each other’s experiences.
Creating new memories together can also bring your family closer together. You can create quality memories for you and your family by taking a vacation, having a movie night at Cineplex Coquitlam, taking a walk around Lafarge Lake, or just even having weekly dinners together. This time allows you to create a space where your family can talk about what is going on in their lives, share in each other’s interests and have fun! Creating weekly or even holiday traditions or rituals can help set time aside for your family and give everyone something to look forward to.
Spend One-To-One Time
While it’s important to spend time together as an entire family, it’s also equally as important to have one-to-one time with each other. If you have more than one child—having one-to-one time with each child can help them feel special and important. Having “us” time for parents to spend together is important because a strong marriage can lead to a stronger and closer family. Take a few hours out of your week to spend with your spouse so you can connect with each other. One way to do is to keep a reservation at a local Coquitlam restaurant or book tickets to a play at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. This way you have a standing activity you both can look forward to sharing together as a couple—and when you successfully connect with your spouse, chances are you can successfully connect with your family and bring your family closer together.
Remember that it’s not about the quantity, but the quality of time you spend together. Spending quality time and having fun together can help create a safe space where your children feel comfortable enough to share their problems or concerns with you, and vice versa. It allows for open communication between your family members and can help bring your family closer together. Laughing together is also a great way to break barriers, diffuse difficult situations and create a positive space—so watch a funny movie together or tell a funny story at your family dinner to share a good laugh.