Which things would you do if you had only one hour to live?

     
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Most of us are caught up in a hectic whirlwind of activities which start on Monday morning, over on Sunday night and then begin all over again. Time slips by as we rush khổng lồ complete urgent tasks which relate lớn juggling jobs, running the household, chauffeuring our children, our parents, relatives and spouses to work, school, appointments & commitments. Yet, we all acknowledge, that spending chất lượng time together is the best way we have khổng lồ show each other that we care & that our families are important.

Some families solve this problem by organising big family holidays together. This allows them khổng lồ get away from the day-to-day distractions and interact by building new experiences together. However, whilst, this is a great option, daily habits can make a much bigger difference khổng lồ your family relationships than “once-in-a-lifetime” events. In addition, specifically tailoring your daily interactions with different members of your family can be a very effective way to lớn relate to lớn them on a 1-on-1 basis.

We"ve created the 30 tips as individual images on our Facebook Family Time Tips Album which you can use to mô tả with your loved ones.

Check out our first Facebook Live Chat on 27 May 2016  with our special guest, Minister for Social and Family Development, tan Chuan-Jin, panellist includes Kelvin Ang of CheekieMonkies, FFL Council Chairman Ching Wei Hong & FFL Council member Sarojini Padmanathan. The chat was moderated by Diana Ser và focuses on how families can spend time together in creative và fun ways whilst strengthening their family bonds.

Here are some ideas that can make spending time with your family simple, meaningful and a part of your daily life.

Create Time for Your Kids

Spending time with younger children is easy because they so often want lớn be as much a part of our lives as possible!

1.Have Dinner

Make it a point lớn leave work or schedule work for later in the evening so that you can make it home in time lớn sit down to dinner together. Eating dinner as a family allows you to lớn be a part of their daily conversations and to answer any questions they may have come across during the day when you were apart.

2. Fix Things Together

Is the kitchen sink broken? vì chưng you need lớn paint the study room wall? Children love khổng lồ help fix things. To us, it may seem lượt thích a mundane task, but lớn most kids, it’s a wonderful chance to see what’s under the kitchen sink, lớn understand how a faucet works và just khổng lồ cover an entire wall in paint. Fixing things together allows you khổng lồ plan for the project & also gives you lots of time khổng lồ interact.

3. After Dinner Walks

If you’ve already made time lớn have dinner with your kids, why not spend another 30 minutes going on a walk with them after dinner? In Singapore, this is the coolest and most pleasant time of the day. Once the table is cleared and the dishes are washed, go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Talk about the changes you see & what your children observe around them as you go on these walks. The act of walking whilst you talk may actually make it easier for children to bring up difficult topics or problems they face because they have something else (like walking) khổng lồ focus on when they bring these subjects up.

4. Leave a Message

Children love surprises, so if you don’t have the time khổng lồ see them in the morning before you leave for work, leave a short clip or note for them to find. They will be thrilled to get a message from you và you will have had a chance khổng lồ show that you are sorry you couldn’t spend the morning with them, but that you value it so much that you made an effort khổng lồ leave them a surprise lưu ý or message.

5. Read Together

Reading khổng lồ your children or even companionably reading books together for half an hour each night is a great way to lớn spend time together. Choosing books to lớn read and discussing them are ways to giới thiệu ideas and values with your children.

6. Bring Your Child to School or Class

Make it a point lớn bring your child lớn school or to any extra classes they may have. Doing this regularly allows you khổng lồ spend more time together. Make travel time, together time!

7. Plan a Monthly Excursion

Think of a new place to visit each month. Perhaps it’s a museum? A theme park or a water adventure park? Get your children to help you to lớn plan the excursion.

8. Mô tả Family Stories

Find time to cốt truyện stories about your family’s history. Dig out your old photo albums and look through them with your children. địa chỉ cửa hàng new pictures khổng lồ the family collection together and make this a regular activity.

Connect with Your Teenagers
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As your children grow into their teenage years, spending time together becomes even more important, và at the same time, difficult. It takes a little more effort, but finding daily time for your teenagers is possible.

9. Conversations with Your Teen

Take the opportunity to lớn talk to lớn your teenager whilst you are travelling together. Whether you are travelling with your teenager on the bus, train or in the car, there usually isn’t much else to vày except talk. So seize the chance and get your teenager to xuất hiện up and share more with you about their lives!

10. Vày Good

Teenagers are inspired khổng lồ volunteer and to make a difference in the world around them. Find a cause which you both identify with và sign up together. Attend regularly, volunteer & find time for each other too.

11. Step into Your Teen’s World

Participate in an activity they are passionate about. Whether it happens to lớn be 3d or basketball or building mã sản phẩm airplanes, talk khổng lồ your teen about it. Find out if there is a way for you lớn be a part of it, or if that’s not possible, then listen to lớn them và learn about it from them so you can talk about it & understand why they are so excited about their chosen activity.

12. Chat with Your Teen

Connect with your teen through chat functions on your phone. Even though they may not necessarily want to showroom you on social media, sending regular short, encouraging chat messages can keep you in cảm biến with your teen just as effectively.

13. Get lớn Know Your Teen’s Friends

Teenagers are discovering the social world beyond their immediate family. They spend a lot of time with their friends, finding out who they are as individuals and learning how to lớn socialise beyond the family. Try opening up your home and welcome your teen"s friends to lớn get to know them better.

14. Spend Time Each Day with Your Teen

Even if it is only 5 minutes a day, find a time which you can spend with your teen. Maybe you want khổng lồ be around when they come trang chủ to say hello and to ask them how their day went. Or perhaps you make it a point to lớn spend 5 minutes talking lớn them just before they go khổng lồ bed và you wish each other goodnight. Find a way to have a specific và dedicated time each day for a short conversation. This way, if they ever feel that they need khổng lồ speak with you about something important, they know that there is this time in the day when you will definitely be there for them.

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Show Your Parents You Care
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As our parents grow older and retire from their careers, they too need to know that we are there for them. With more time spent alone or at home, having family members reach out them becomes increasingly important for their emotional and mental well-being.

15. Say Hello

If you don’t live together, find time to hotline or text your parents regularly to lớn say hello. Ask them how their day went. A few simple words can make a big difference.

16. Ask Your Kids khổng lồ Give Grandpa và Grandma a Call

Have your children call their grandparents once in a while. Even if you visit each other often, a phone gọi from a grandchild is always special!

17. Eat Together Once a Week

Make time lớn visit & have a meal together every week. Depending on what your parents prefer, it could be at their home – only if your mum loves cooking, or it could be dinner out. The important thing is to spend some time together regularly.

18. Cook Your Family"s Favourite Recipe Together

Getting together in the kitchen can be lots of fun for the young và old! Get hands-on and learn from your family"s very own chef and be inspired lớn find out what makes the dish special lớn your family. Grab the opportunity to snap photos and video each step to capture those special moments.

19. Spend Dedicated Time Together

Whether it"s a walk in the park on a Saturday morning, or accompanying your parents khổng lồ the grocery store once a week, every effort lớn prioritise family time counts. Create an opportunity to vì something exclusively together.

20. Learn Something New

Pick up a new hobby or activity together. Maybe you could join a tai bỏ ra or yoga class? Or pick up a new language together? Learning something new can xuất hiện up new ways of communicating & bring interest and life back into your conversations with your parents.

21. Celebrate Family Traditions

Traditions are what keep the family và extended family closely knitted. Older family members usually have the most knowledge about how family traditions come about and the meaning behind them. Share these family traditions with the younger generation & set aside the time khổng lồ follow these traditions together khổng lồ create lasting memories.

Make Your Spouse Feel Special
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In all our daily rush, we sometimes take the person closest khổng lồ us for granted. Spend time with your spouse và let them know that they are special to you in every way.

22. Keep in cảm ứng with Messages

Even when we are busy, a short note to let our spouses know that we are thinking about them and that we miss them will help to lớn let them know that they are special & important to us.

23. Turn the mobile Phone Off

Set your smartphone phone to lớn silent or airplane mode when you are having a meal together. Give your undivided attention khổng lồ each other.

24. Take Up a New Hobby

Finding time to take up a new hobby together will mean that you will learn something together and interact with each other in new ways. Find something which you both lượt thích and mix aside some time each week to lớn pursue it.

25. Set Aside Time

Make time for each other every week. You don’t have to lớn plan anything grand, just let each other know that you will not make any other commitments & then plan khổng lồ spend that time doing something you both enjoy và which is only for yourselves. In other words, don’t spend that time queuing up to collect your daughter’s registered letter from the post office, spend it having coffee together instead! Don’t make couple time = chore time!

26. Have Breakfast Together

Start your day together! Even if it is a quick bite at the coffee siêu thị on your way in khổng lồ work, or perhaps 30 minutes at your dining table each morning, breakfast is a wonderful time lớn connect. Dinners are often a time when the entire family gets together, but breakfast can be a time for just the two of you.

27. Exercise Together

Some couples find that getting up half an hour early & going for a morning walk, or making time for a weekly jog in the park is a great way to achieve more. What better way is there for you to lớn spend chất lượng time with your spouse and improve your health at the same time!

 

Keep In cảm ứng with Your Relatives
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As modern families have grown smaller, so too have the number of relatives we each have. Keeping in touch và being there for each other have become more important as family ties have become rarer and more precious.

28. Create a Group Chat

Create a group chat with your extended family. Keeping in touch and knowing how everyone is doing becomes a lot easier when everyone is on the same conversational page. Now, when something important happens, you and your relatives need only reach out once lớn everyone. When you make it easier khổng lồ know what is happening in each other’s lives, you make it easier lớn appreciate và understand each other.

29. Share a Meal Together

Organise a regular meal together. Perhaps this happens once a month or even once a quarter, but the important thing is to make sure that there are regular occasions when you see each other & spend time together.

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30. Celebrate, Recognise và Appreciate Each Other

Keep track of important events such as family birthdays, job changes, retirements, anniversaries, engagements, graduations, births, và yes, deaths too. Recognise these important events and make time lớn attend them, organise celebrations for them và be there to tư vấn each other. Whilst being a part of the daily lives of your relatives would be difficult, if not intrusive, making sure that you remember milestone events is often appreciated và remembered.

Key Takeaways
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Make spending time with your family something you bởi vì on a daily basis. Understand that the type of time you spend should vary according khổng lồ what each family member needs & is most comfortable with. Pick 1 or 2 ways to spend time together and make sure that you commit lớn these on a long-term basis.