March 30th, 2020

With many states ordering families to stay inside except for essential needs, families will be spending a lot of time together.  So, today, the focus of my blog today is the importance of family.

Family is the most important aspect of society.  Family is not only the basic societal building block, it also provides invaluable life skills and forms the people we will become as adults.  It teaches us child-raising, patience, basic communication skills and how to love – while being the all-around fun and friendship unit. 

In our families, we love, serve, teach and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges such as the coronavirus, but family also gives us strength and some of our greatest happiness.

While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier by spending quality time together having fun and playing.

Families need to work – and play – together to enhance and build stronger relationships.  With an integrated, team-building approach, parents, grandparents and children can have fun playing games that also increase self-esteem – and help families bond. 

So, take this time of being homebound as an opportunity to play as a family and bond while having fun.  Set aside one night to play Scrabble, take a virtual tour of a museum, create a pillow fort, or DJ your own pajama dance party. If you feel more adventurous, create your own family games – while also making new family traditions and memories.  Your only limit is your imagination.

I wish you and your family good health.  

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