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We could say that playing as a family is good for your health. Now a study also confirms it. Not only does it improve the family bond, but it is also good for the happiness of each of its members.
Find out why families that play together are happier and they have lower rates of stress.
We would like to spend a lot of quality time with the children, but work, housework, or smartphones end up distracting and exhausting parents. The result is the lack of time to spend and play with the children. In fact, 38% of parents admit not having time to play with their children.
However, we should try to reverse this in some way, as it has been shown that playing as a family has great benefits for all. A study carried out by Lego has brought to light very interesting and revealing facts:
1. Playing as a family makes the happy ones happier. The study has been carried out through a survey of more than 10,000 fathers, mothers and children around the world. The report finds a strong link between the hours parents and children spend playing together and the declared happiness of the families. In fact, nine out of ten families that play for five hours or more claim to be happy, while among those who play for less than five hours, this percentage drops to 75%.
2. Playing as a family reduces stress for all its members. Playing together makes parents and children feel more relaxed and improves the bond and connection between them.
Among all the games that can be shared as a family, those of playful learning are the most beneficial, although we must not forget games related to new technologies. As incredible as it may seem to you, far from 'dirtying' the family relationship, this type of game can unite the family, despite the fear that parents admit to having, that this type of game will worsen the social relations of their children.
The big problem is still time. The vast majority of the parents surveyed admit not spending enough time playing with their children, due to work, housework ... or the time they spend connected to the mobile. In fact, three out of ten parents say they spend less than five hours a week playing with their children. When children are asked the same question, they confirm that they would love for their parents to play more with them.
The person in charge of this study (Jessica Joelle Alexander) leaves us some very interesting phrases that make us reflect on the importance of play with children: "Playing together is a fundamental cornerstone of family life both for children and parents. But with modern lifestyles busier than ever and with so much emphasis on formal education and scheduled activities, it can be easy to forget to make time for it. Given the positive effects they have on our levels of well-being and happiness, family play should be the most important "chore" of all.
When encouraging children to play one game or another, parents take into account the following factors above all:
- The safety of the toy or game.
- Make it a didactic game. Parents prefer educational games as they trust it to help them be more successful in their school and personal learning.
- If it is a digital game, that does not hamper children's sociability skills and that it does help them to be more creative. But at this point, the data is positive, since the study has shown that more than 80% of children prefer to play with their peers than alone, and 72% prefer to play with friends than do it online.
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