Round up the troops! Family meeting time is valuable time.

Family time Isn’t Just for Fun — It Also Has Some Serious positive Benefits for all.

Round up the troops! Family meeting time is valuable time.


Chatsworth House Gardens

As much as I love music and creating songs, I’m firstly, a proud father with a beautiful family. I have one of each brand, with their own unique quirkiness and personality. My eldest and most favourite son is 8 years old, very academic and a very well rounded soul, just like his mum. My youngest and most favourite daughter is full of life, bossy, a diva, extremely assertive and hilariously funny! Possibly just like me. So, I’d like to share some of my thoughts of family life and the most important things we can do to strengthen our bond with our children…Spending time with them.


At home in the garden – summer 2018

We love our families and spend so much effort trying to make money to provide them with a comfortable lifestyle — but sometimes we forget that giving our kids our time is more important than providing them with cool clothes or the latest technology trends. Even for older kids — who you’d be pretty hard-pressed to get to admit that they want more attention from their parents and siblings — a good solid family unit can have serious benefits.


Conkers, Summer 2018

  • It builds self-esteem in children
    Children who spend time with their parents participating in activities together build a positive sense of self-worth. When children feel that they are valued by their parents, they feel more positive about themselves. Family activities don’t have to be expensive or luxurious to be meaningful. Take a walk together, go for a bike ride or play a game of basketball in the driveway. The important part is just being together and enjoying each other’s company.
  • It strengthens family bonds
    Families who share everyday activities together as well as share vacations or daily excursions as a group form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. Share your favorite hobbies, sports, books, movies or other activities and build strong family ties for lifeChildren and adolescents who spend more time with their parents are less likely to experiment with substances like cigarettes, alcohol and tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol and one and a half times more likely to use marijuana.Kids who frequently eat with their families also usually have improved dietary intake compared to those who don’t eat as often with family members.


Christmas Day Socks.

  • It creates happy memories
    Family time creates warm memories for parents and children alike. Children with happy family memories are more likely to create a loving environment for their own children when they grow up. Learning to work and play as a family unit is one of the best lessons children can be taught so they can develop into competent adults and parents.


Flamborough Head – North Yorkshire

  • It helps parents and children reconnect
    Spending time together as a family helps busy parents reconnect with their children. Children tend to share more information about their lives while enjoying an activity with you rather than when you ask them “What did you do today?” It is also a time when life lessons, like sharing, fairness and compassion, can be reinforced without conflict. Children grow and change quickly, so family time is a wonderful time to get to know your child better.

Thanks for reading this post.
Kindest as always

<a href=""></a>Darren Claxton is a Songwriter, Musician, Producer and now BBC Radio artist, from Derbyshire UK. The music he writes is often heartfelt acoustic indie folk with a sprinkling of rock and country influences, with an occasional world music flavour as heard on his track ‘Dragonfly’ . But most of all, it's his passive emotive thoughts and feelings that are delivered through that soothing vocal, and intricate guitar playing of his.

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