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Make family playtime more fun with these 5 simple tips

The key is to create a regular family event that everybody in the household participates in. Families may want to adopt Pizza Fridays, Jammie Dinner Night, Pancake Sundays, Snuggle Sundays, Game Night or other possibilities.
Time together is one of the biggest factors in family happiness according to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Family Togetherness Survey (Ipsos 2019). The Survey found that 91% of Canadian parents were happy with their family life.

Families who spend quality time with one another through shared conversation, activities or play are more likely to feel connected to one another and enjoy the benefits that are the result of those bonds. And playing together is how 58% of families most satisfied with their family life connect.

Play helps with learning and school performance and offers children a chance to problem solve and test new ideas and behaviour in a safe environment,” says parenting expert and family therapist Alyson Schafer. “When families plan for play time together, their shared experiences become the fabric of their family’s narrative,” adds Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family.

The key is to create a regular family event that everybody in the household participates in. Families may want to adopt Pizza Fridays, Jammie Dinner Night, Pancake Sundays, Snuggle Sundays, Game Night or other possibilities.

Spinks suggests that parents try these tips to find a fun family activity that will turn into a tradition:
• Be purposeful. Choose an activity you can do together and share the decisions along the way.
• Brand it. Let the kids create a fun name that will stick.
• Make it your own. Craft your own rules and do what it takes to be just you.
• Be consistent. Whether it’s every Friday or the last Sunday of every month, pick a day and stick to it.
• Be attentive. Put away the phones and avoid distractions.

Time spent together nurturing a shared family commitment creates sense of belonging for all family members. And when all family members feel a sense of ownership over family traditions, these activities will evolve as the children mature.

While spending time together is important to all families in Canada, family time becomes all the more precious when you have to travel far from home for your sick child’s treatment. When families are together, they are stronger, more whole, able to deal with the emotional, intellectual and physical realities of their medical journey. Last year, RMHC kept 25,250 families together, close to their sick children being treated in the hospital.
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