*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.
It’s quite understandable if family relationships are under a lot of strain while everyone is stuck at home together during the coronavirus lockdown. Yet a recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom shows that even amid such difficult circumstances, most families have risen above the stress to become even closer than they were before.
According to the survey of 2,000 British parents conducted by MumPoll, four in five parents believe their families have formed an even stronger bond since parents and kids have more time together during the lockdown. The survey finds that half of the families are getting together to play board games and make puzzles. These can be a fun and competitive way to bring the family together for a few hours. Another 30% say they’ve formed book clubs and read together.
And some parents are engaging in new activities with their kids. Just over a quarter of families (28%) have picked up family gardening. Not only is it a great bonding activity and an excellent way to brighten up your backyard, but another recent study found that growing a garden is linked to a better body image.
Many parents have been keeping their families together by keeping everyone’s screen times the same — an interesting strategy for a time when children may be tempted to turn on the TV or flip open the laptop more than usual. Only one-third of parents allow their kids to watch more TV, and just one-quarter of parents say their kids are spending more time on phones, tablets, and video games.