Family First

Before You Start

Spending time with your family is important, but it is sometimes difficult when busy work schedules interfere with your personal life. As the weeks speed by and your calendars fill up, do you ever stop and think about how many hours you get to spend with your loved ones?

Family First helps to see how much time you dedicate to your family and what activities you do together. Any spare time that you have outside of the office can be put to good use, whether it is sitting down to eat a meal together in the evening or watching films on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Family First highlights which areas in the UK spend the most family time together, and the regions that could do with a little more quality time.

If you are wondering whether or not you spend enough time with your loved ones, you can take part in our interactive quiz and see how much your work gets in the way of your home life.

If you don’t get the result you expect, then head over to the tips page to find out how you can start to prioritise your home life a little more.

If you are searching for some inspiration on how to spend more quality time with your loved ones, then look no further. There are lots of ways you can spend time with your family that can really make you happy. Our top tips will provide you with the guidance you need to reconnect with your family.

1. Help with homework

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Whether it’s at the kitchen table or in the home office we recommend helping your child with their homework, anything from reading a story together or creating a fancy dress costume from a historical period to trying to solve a difficult maths equation.

Spending time together in this capacity can help you understand your child's strengths and weaknesses. You might also learn a thing or two yourself!

2. Shared Hobby

Victoria, Parenting Blogger

"Take up a shared hobby, one where everyone can participate at their own level. It also makes for great conversation during the rest of the week."

"Make time during the week, even if it is just one day, to spend with one another. It could be as simple as a trip to the park or a local shopping centre. Ban phones, the TV and any other distraction and just concentrate on enjoying one another's company."

"Set aside three days per week where you have a plan to do something as a family. It is always a nice idea to have family game night with a selection of board games."

"A good way to spend time together as a family is to cook together. It is such a valuable experience for children of all ages, as it teaches them a range of skills from writing a shopping list to communication. It also helps picky eaters to become more adventurous."

"Active engagement is the key to spending more quality time with your family. Doing activities together, such as painting, bike riding or having an ongoing creative project that the family can work on as a unit really helps to create stronger bonds."

"I’m a single parent so it is just me and my little girl at home. With there just being two of us it can be hard to make family time feel special. Try going for a walk with your family, not to the park, but to somewhere that you can talk together and ask each other questions."

8. Household Chores

Tammy Foley, Hypnotherapist

"Do the household chores together. If you have more than one child there is always a build-up of laundry. Spend time sorting it together and you will be surprised by the endless conversations that you will end up sharing."

"At home, we are constantly bothered by distractions. Getting outside and into nature is a brilliant way for a family to bond together without being hassled by the demands of the modern world. Take a simple stroll through a nearby woodland to see what nature treasure you can find."

10. Build A Den

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Den making is a fun activity you can do together which results in your own unique family space. Whether it’s indoors with pillows, throws and your kitchen table ready to watch your favourite film together, or outdoors with branches, blankets and tarpaulin for creating an adventure, it’s the perfect activity to get everyone’s creative juices flowing.