Valentine’s Day traditionally celebrates romantic love between two lovers, which is a profound aspect of human connection.
“While romance may be the focus of this holiday, familial love offers a companionship that is unmatched.”
However, another aspect of human relations that can be just as profound, if not more, often gets overlooked during this holiday: Familial love.
In preparation for the upcoming season of love, let’s explore the importance of spending time with family and the benefits that come about from nurturing familial love.
Benefits of Family Time
Family is an important connection in our lives, specifically because of the love it provides. Quality time spent with family can help build a person’s character and improve their overall mental health.
A study concluded that the strength of one’s social circle was a better predictor of the respondent’s stress, happiness, and well-being levels than their physical health data.
Other benefits that come from quality family time include:
Spending more quality time with family and maintaining a loving environment can build confidence in each member of the family. Simply being valued and appreciated can help both parents and children grow their confidence.
Improves Academic Performance
Kids who spend more time with family tend to do better in school on average. Through their time with family, they can learn communication skills and problem-solving skills. Even the simple act of asking your child how their day in school went will show them how much they are cared for.
Enhances Physical Health
Being with family can help encourage family members to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For instance, if parents make it a habit to participate in outdoor activities like sports, hiking, or even gardening, then it’s something that the children will carry on with them into adulthood.
Promotes Proper Conflict Resolution
Family time can sometimes be as difficult as it can be fun. However, when conflicts arise, families that work on resolving the conflict together can promote healthy and constructive ways of discussing and solving problems.
Teach Kids Parenting Skills
The things you do with your children can live with them for the rest of their lives and if you foster a loving relationship with them, then they will do the same for their children in the future.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, why not redirect the love to your family and give some attention to the profound connections you have with them? While romance may be the focus of this holiday, familial love offers a companionship that is unmatched.
Let’s take this time to cherish the moments we shared with loved ones and create new memories to further cultivate the legacy of warmth, understanding, and compassion that comes from familial love.