9 Important Things Every Family Should Make Time For

When things get hectic, it can be difficult to make time for your family. Work is busy, bills need paying, and the house certainly doesn’t clean itself. It’s okay to accept that you don’t have as much time as you’d like with your family. However, there are some things every family should take the time out for. Here are just nine!


Every family should sit around the table together, as often as possible. Those who work shifts or find this almost impossible may only be able to do this once a week. Even if it is just for Sunday Roast, it’s worth every second. This will also teach your children the importance of spending time together, for the future.



A walk around the block. Taking the dog for a walk. A happy family will always take the time to go out for walks together. It doesn’t need to be a long hike. Just get outside and get some fresh air, all as one. You’ll be surprised how much happier this can make everyone feel.

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It doesn’t matter how old your children are, they’re never too young (or too old) to start learning. Taking time to teach one another is an excellent way to grow as a family. A trip to the museum or doing homework together, are easy ways to tick this off the list.

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Every family should take time out of their busy schedule to get away once in a while. Whether it’s spending your summer holidays in a sunny villa or heading down to the grandparents for the weekend. Get some time away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.


New Experiences

Don’t be afraid to try something new once in a while! It will teach your children some valuable life skills. This could be something simple such as a trip to the theme park. Roller Coasters are scary, after all. Alternatively, try something a little more daring. Bungee jump, anyone?



A simple, “How was your day?” can make a big difference in your family life. Encourage everyone to talk to each other as much as possible. Not just talk, however. You want to teach the family how to listen to one another too.


This may be a bit of a strange one, but every family should take some time out for their sadness. If something has happened in the family, then it’s important everyone takes a minute to stop. Again, you need to speak and listen to each other. This is particularly important after the death of a loved one.


Of course, along with making time for sadness we must always make time for happiness! Laughing and joking with each other will see you through. Even when times seem extremely tough.

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  1. Being Couch Potatoes

Sometimes we all just need to cuddle up on the couch, watching our favourite films, and eating popcorn. Families need to realise that spending quality time together doesn’t necessarily have to mean going out on adventures. It can just be spent indoors, in front of Frozen (again).

Do you make time for these important things in your family? Maybe you have some more you think we should add to the list! Let us know, below.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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