The importance of making time as a family.
One of our favourite things to do is our Friday family film nights.
Fridays are the one night of the week when Olivia and William are allowed to stay up late as we don’t have any clubs or lessons to get up for the next day.
They always choose the film and my husband and I are responsible for snacks.
Sometimes we all get comfy in our pyjamas. Sometimes we don’t. But we always get our big, fleecy blanket out and snuggle under it together.
My children love our Friday night tradition and so do I.
I love that it brings us together as a family.
I love that it gives us an opportunity to laugh together, to enjoy something together.
It’s a tradition that I hope we continue as we all get older. Eventually, I’d love to do this kind of thing with my grandchildren too.
Easy, social activities like film nights are a good way to bring people together. As people get older and their families grow up and maybe even move away, I think that making time for things like this – either with family or friends – can be important.
It’s something that Gracewell, a UK care home provider, believes in too. They host regular movie nights for people in their care, but also encourage residents’ families to come along too. I think it’s a great idea to keep families connected and also stave off loneliness for the older people in question.
Loneliness. That’s another concern too.
You might think loneliness is a trivial issue, but it really isn’t. Earlier this year, Age UK warned that loneliness should be recognised as a major public health concern.
It’s thought that more than one million people aged over 65 are lonely – that’s about one in 10 older people. Age UK says it can severely affect a person’s mental and physical health, and increase the risk of premature death by 30%.
For me, the idea of my children growing up and moving away seems like a lifetime away, but if motherhood has taught me anything, it’s that the years seem to fly by. So right now, I’m making the most of having my family around me.
May our Friday family film nights continue for as long as possible.
This post has been produced in collaboration with Gracewell Healthcare. I was very kindly sent a ‘movie night package’ for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are mine and are 100% honest.