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Strong Families Spend Time Together

Spending time together is an important part of building the strength of
your family. Children and adults feel a sense of belonging when they can play, work, laugh, and cry together. Family traditions such as holidays, birthdays, trips, and special family events build memories. Children learn to bring balance to their lives when they see their parents setting aside time for what they value. They also learn how much they are valued and loved when their parents give them what counts most - their time.


1. Pick an afternoon or evening, and allow family members to choose their favorite games. Play as many as you have time for. Set another date later in the month to play the others.

2. Attend a local Veteran's Day parade. Talk about family members who served in the military.

3. Assign each family member a duty in preparation for Thanksgiving, such as sending invitations, planning the menu, setting the table, arranging a centerpiece, grocery shopping, or food preparation.

4. Plan a day to clean the yard as a family. Give each member an
appropriate task, such as raking leaves, planting bulbs, making repairs,
touching up paint, stacking firewood, or cleaning gutters.

Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care - NNCC. (1994). Strong families spend time together. In M. Lopes (Ed.) CareGiver News (November, p.1). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension.

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