The Science of Family Activities

Quality family time builds stronger, connected families. Family group activities such as cooking, painting, or playing music together promote bonding. Trust, love for one another and create more resilient and self-confident children.

What is the science behind it?
  • Family activities stimulate infants and children neuronal development. Each new experience prompts positive change in children’s brain structure, function, or both.

  • Quality family time fosters an open communication. Children who spend more active time with their parents are less likely to get involved in risky behaviour and substance use.

  • Social studies show children that do household tasks grow into happier, healthier, more generous partners and well-adjusted adults.

  • Children learn by touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, and listening. Cooking together is a creative, rewarding activity that promote autonomy.

  • Studies link family dinners to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children. Higher academic achievement, improved mental and physical health and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders.

Science Sheet

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