Do you value family time?
Ask yourself this: Do I value family time?
It’s interesting the things which unites us and the things which divide us. Ever since the advent of technology, social media, touch screen phones, tablets, laptops – there has been a sort of decline of family time. By this I mean, physically being together as one unit in the same place, could be living room, veranda – you name it! It’s a given, technology separates most of us from enjoying the simplicity of family time. By family time I mean watching TV together, going on family trips – talking to each other! Literally. I miss those moments where everyone gathers together to do something, could be praying, cooking, cleaning, just being together.
Thankfully certain things still unite the family. In Jamaica, one such thing is sports! Don’t you just love to see Usain Bolt being a complete show off on your television? Or what about when Tessanne Chin entered The Voice! I know my family weren’t the only ones who were bunched together screaming for her. Then there are certain shows like Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, Dancing Dynamites. The great thing about these TV shows and broadcasts is that it not only unites my family and your family, but it unites the nation.
Don’t get me wrong, I know with Apps such as Whats App, Skype, social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (and all those other sites which I can’t seem to keep up with!) communication has skyrocketed! I can stay in China and video chat with someone in Grenada! And this is great! Right? But what about when your daughter or son gets home from school and immediately powers up the computer/laptop/tablet and completely ignores you?! Then a Whats App text comes in and they sit in their room or in the living room couch and laugh the time away…. Or you, the parent, you come home from work and go on Netflix to catch up on your favorite series. You neglect to check if your child has been completing homework. In fact, maybe your child is busy watching an X-rated series that they shouldn’t be watching. It happens. You know it.
Forgive me if I sound harsh, but I just like the old-fashioned family time, especially while you can still have them before everybody grows up and leaves. It’s a special memory your child isn’t likely to forget years to come. Truth is, we live with people we call family, simply because we are blood-related, but honestly, can you say you know them? Family time is important because you are forming a bond that ties you to another human being, in a good way of course.
So the next time you get in off the road and you are about to check your social media for updates, who liked your picture and who didn’t; the next time you are about to run around the back to take a selfie or send around a viral video that is just too funny, just stop. If your mother is preparing a meal in the kitchen, if your father is reading the newspaper or fixing another broken appliance, if your daughter is locked up in her room, or your son has the music too loud again, just go to them, and ask how their day was. Or tell them about your day. Play a board game if you have to. Just get in some family time while you can.
Do it today.