Saturday, July 28, 2012

Core Family Leisure Activities with Dad

I try to read the LDS Church News now and then in order to be a good little Mormon and to know more about the church beyond just my local congregational activities. Recently, I came across a great article: New BYU Study Examines Quality Time with Dad. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it is nice to see some research back up common sense. 

The gist of the article is that " the single greatest predictor of family cohesion, family adaptability and overall family functioning was when a father was involved in quality core family leisure activities" as opposed to balance leisure activities. Mothers have no significant effect! Okay, I made up the last part and am just kidding. But it is funny how sometimes studies, like this, come out and their results seem to indicate a silver-bullet solution to our problems just because the statistics can be shown to say so. But let's assume that they/we are just talking about a father's individual influence on their family. It is the core leisure activities (day-to-day), not the balance leisure activities (bigger, planned) that are more effective. So what are these activities? The article listed a few.

Examples of core leisure activities:
  • Eating a meal together
  • Playing board games 
  • Watching TV and movies 
  • Playing sports in the yard/park
  • Playing video games
  • Attending children's performances
  • Gardening
  • Reading books
Examples of balance leisure activities:
  • Eating out
  • Shopping
  • Sporting events
  • Vacations
  • Boating and fishing
  • Visiting the zoo
  • Camping
  • Hiking

It's not that the latter aren't good, but without the former they aren't very effective. I mostly wrote this because it hit home with me. That's why starting tomorrow we're eating out every meal, going camping every night, hiking everywhere we go, while on a continuous vacation. That's right, I'm making the balance and core leisure activities one in the same. Wish me luck! (Just kidding. I would never need luck.)


  1. haha! uhhh.... "this was funny". I don't even know what to say. I do love that picture though. Was that the picture they used in the article??

  2. No. I just found the picture.