If the last couple years have taught us anything, it is that we must make the most of the time we have with the ones we love. Because many of us have lost so much, it is important that we find the time now to reach out and strengthen our relationships with our loved ones. This is particularly true for families as research indicates that families who intentionally carve out and spend time together report finding more meaning and satisfaction in their lives. These same ideas are also promoted in mindfulness and meditation practice which assert that we can gain immense meaning and joy when take things slow and remain present in our lives and relationships.
Exercising intentionality and stillness are representative of the ways we can deeply connect with ourselves and others and should be a consistent practice implemented with our families. For families with children, it is even more vital for parents to intentionally spend time their children as this will shape the way they view and approach the remainder of their lives. The following are some questions not only for new parents, but for all of us to consider as we reflect on how we can be more intentional with our time and with our family.
How do you want your shared times with others to be?
How will you mark holidays, or spend your time off?
How will you celebrate good news? How will you celebrate other’s good news?
How will you deal with bad news? How will you help other’s process bad news?
What will bring you joy today?
What will connect you to something familiar today, among all this unknown?
What can you do now to make the most of the time you have with those you love?
What can you do to make sure others know how much you love and care for them?
What makes you feel loved and cared for?
For more information on the article that inspired this post as well as the research referred above, click here.