Article Source: examiner.com
Article by: Dodie Bartlett
What happened to the good old days where people were concerned about family values?
Those days are long gone along with decent family entertainment and family time. So how do we get these values back and reclaim good family time?
One is to make sure that our families understands that people like Nadya Suleman are not to be used as any kind of role model. She lies to gain what she wants, cheats to get it, and steals what is not hers and that is not something any parent wants their children to learn. Make sure to explain to your children that these traits are not acceptable and that it hurts other people.
The second is by taking a look at what you do in your own home. Do you try and watch movies that might not be so great for the kids while they are still up? Try making a schedule and institute a bed time so that way not only do you get time with your children but you also have time for yourself and for your spouse.
Disney still has some good family movies and programs out there to where you can select a program that everyone will like. Having dinner with your kids is very important as well. It does not hurt for parents to sit down at the dinner table with their children and ask how school was or what did they do during the day.
On the weekends , instead of trying to find out what is on the television, go outside and play with your kids. You can teach them how to ride bikes, roller skate, play at the park, make a snowman, and many other activities that can bring a family together.
Remember as parents, we have the awesome responsibilities to make sure that our children grow up to be responsible, loving, caring, and not little con artists. Take an interest in their feelings and try to leave your personal problems out of sight and ear shot of the children. You would be surprised how much children learn when you are busy yelling at someone versus staying calm and just talk.