One day in work, I heard a 7-year-old ask if that was my friend when she bumped into me at the beach. After saying that it was my mom, she kind of chuckled and said, “You still hang out with your mom?”
In her 7-year-old mind, she already formulated the idea that it’s “uncool” to hang out with your mom when you’re older. Where did she get this? Sadly, many think this way. Over time I’ve heard stories from friends that their grandmas are “crazy” or how they dread visiting family. Some of us have a different opinion.
Coming from a very loving, affectionate family, I’ve always been fortunate enough to have relationships with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who an active part of my life.
Not only was I blessed to have a loving extended family but also to have wonderful parents.
Realizing that not everyone has a family like mine because some come from broken homes or have issues within the family it’s understandable that their family isn’t close.
Parents need to make an effort in the relationship too. I can’t understand why some don’t spend time with their family because they are “embarrassed.”
Why are people embarrassed of those who love them the most? I have seen people ditch their family or count down the minutes until they can leave to hang out with friends.
Yes, friends are awesome; and building great friendships is essential, but nothing can take the place of your family.
Spending time with family is time well-spent and you learn a lot from them.
Take grandparents for example. They have seen a lot and have much wisdom to give. Plus, it’s always interesting to hear stories from their past.
It’s important to let family become part of your life. They love you and want to know what’s going on despite what you think.There were countless times that families at dinner will not say a single word to each other throughout the entire meal.
Why is there no interaction? One reason is that we have become too busy.
Children have becomes victims of this. Parents wake their children up, take them to school, then they head to after-school care, do some extracurricular activities, have dinner, and then it’s time for bed. For the entire day, someone else is raising the child–and that’s sad.
Then there is the television, the computer, and all that stuff where the parent doesn’t have to interact with the child. Family time has become a lost art.
We have school, work, friends, studying, etc. that tend to get in the way. I’ve been guilty of this myself, but it’s time to start making time for family.
Let’s develop relationships or build on existing ones and love them for who they are: your family.