By Little Harvard

Life is busy for everyone. As a result, family time is becoming less likely to happen every day. But family time is very important to children: time together as a family gives children a deeper sense of their own identity, and of where they come from. This has a very positive effect on children’s development. Children need attention from their grandparents, parents and siblings alike.

The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of sharing quality experiences. Eating meals together, talking about the events of the day, sharing joys and defeats, doing household chores and spending some evenings watching movies, are important ways to be with the family.

Having family days also helps to strengthen the family bond and builds trust between family members. Children, in particular, learn about trust mainly from their parents, and every time a child completes a task on her or his own, they build self-confidence and gain trust in themselves. The words of support and encouragement that they receive will build self-esteem as well. These are things that children carry with them. As children develop into adulthood, having a positive self-image, and a strong belief in one’s own individual abilities is vital.

The Importance of Family Time in Your Child's Life

Family structure has a beneficial effect on a child’s life: as children grow up, the influences that they face and the choices that they have to make become more difficult. Knowing that they have a family to talk to, a family that listens, and a family that loves them, will make all the difference for them.

Family Day out in Dublin for Free

If you are looking for something to do with the whole family, Dublin Family Day Festival returns on Saturday the 27th of May, from 1 to 5 pm, in Smithfield Square.

Enjoy a free family-friendly fun day with magician Brian Daly and his blend of tricks & comedy, workshops with Brown Bag Films, Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree, Dublin Circus Project, games, storytelling, face painting and lots more.