How to Make Family Time a Priority, Even if You’re Busy

If your plans reflect your priorities, family time will be evident.

Maria Chapman
5 min readFeb 21, 2020

Whether you are married, single, or living abroad, there are people in your life who deserve time with you. For some of us, family means your parents; for others, it’s your spouse and children. There are also plenty of people for whom a family is a group of carefully selected friends who have become irreplaceable. No matter how you define family, creating time for those you love is the easiest way to show them you care.

Having quality time with your children can have benefits throughout their entire lives. Children reap cognitive and emotional benefits from regular contact with their parents beginning as newborns. Children show the most significant cognitive growth when they spend time engaged in educational activities with their parents.

Studies show that parents find joy in engaging with their children. These benefits multiply, especially for women, when the activities focus on playtime and fun rather than childcare and household chores.

Spending quality time with your aging parents can help them live longer, happier lives. If you live a distance from them, setting a weekly time for a phone call or video call can help fill in the time between visits.

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Maria Chapman

Maria Chapman is the CEO of Connected Ghostwriting, LLC. She writes about mental health, social justice, relationships, and business leadership.