Give your family the best and not the leftovers… .
Not too long ago, it was unimaginable that the whole world would be forced indoors and into the confines of their homes. And we were all so busy. Work pressure, social commitments, travel, fitness … there was enough and more to claim our time.
We yearned for family time, or so we said, if only the work-life balance were not so skewed. If only the children had time to spare from their school, extra tuition classes and sundy extra-curricular activities.
Today Nature has made sure that we are no longer bothered by all these claims on our time. All we have to do is stay home and cope as best as we can with just our loved ones for company. We are getting a fresh chance to press reset in our lives.
Let’s utilise this time to focus on our closest relationships. All of us know that good relationships are not born, but are formed by investing quality time in nurturing them. Strong, healthy family relationships and good health are probably the two pillars on which one goes on to build a life of contentment and a rewarding career.
We can look ahead to a time after this crisis, when we might once again be drawn into the vortex of our corporate world. And in the blink of an eye, we could find that the time we had has gone well past those little pleasures in our lives that we didn’t take time out for.
So, this is a good time to focus our attention on things that seem to be slipping from our hands and reaffirm them.
So here’s our non-negotiable investment plan in family time. You can add, borrow, skip any of these pointers … but we hope you will take home our message that your family matters and that the time you spend with them is an investment that will bear fruit in the years to come.
#1. Family that prays together stays together.
#2. Keep your gadgets aside when you are spending time with your loved ones.
#3. Play a board game together or watch a family movie together.
#4. Divide your cooking chores and make a meal together.
#5. Eat at least one meal together.
#6. Share responsibilities among your children according to their age.
#7. Say ‘I love you’, ‘thank-you’, ‘good job’ as often as you can.
#8. Speak to your loved ones who stay far away from you, rather than just text them.
#9. Education is not just academic; spend time imparting values to your children.
#10. Living a value-based life is worth tons of advice.
#11. Always give importance to each and every family member.
#12. Share your day’s activities, any good experiences or ideas with your family.
#13. A smile on your face increases your face value! So smile often.
#14. Teach your children forgiveness.