How to introduce flow into family time

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How to introduce flow into family time

That's a difficult question because most, both parents and children often love each other but they are bored at home when they are with each other. I think what the parents should be aware of is that children grow up. At the age three or four, going together to the zoo is a great experience. But by the time that they're five or six, they may not like it anymore because they feel sorry for the animals, because they already know them, etc, etc. So you have to be sensitive, pay attention to your kid, pay attention to your spouse, to know what is it that they would like to do and try to do it in a context where you do it together. For many families, traveling together long distances in the car is the only time that they're together anymore. Otherwise, at home, each one has different room, watching different program, and different video game. So getting, for instance, cars and in many families, the car becomes the center of family life. Strange enough, you can't roam around, you are fixed there. But then, often the car becomes also the center of conflict because the kids play with each other and each one wants a different thing and they interfere with the driving. So one has to pay attention how to make these opportunities such that you can all participate in something together that's interesting and keeping in mind that the kids are growing up their interests change.
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in Italy of Hungarian parents. He came to the United States at age 22, became a psychologist, taught at the University of Chicago for 30 years and was Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Since 1999 he has been a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Of the 13 books he wrote or co-authored, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is the best known; it has been translated in 29 languages. He and his wife Isabella spend the summers in Montana, where the rest of the family comes to visit and hike in the mountains.

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