In a world full of technology, making time for family is more important than ever. Recent studies have shown that children in the U.S. are spending more than six hours a day on digital entertainment. This significant amount of time spent with technology is leading to physical, psychological, and behavioral issues for kids and is apparent in both school and their relationships. As parents, one of the best things we can do to combat the harmful effects of technology is to encourage our kids to get active. Engage in free-play. Interact with nature, and most of all, spend time with family.
Fortunately, at Cedar Lodge Texas, this is what we’re all about. From hiking to fishing, there’s plenty of ways to escape technology and reconnect with the ones you love. We love when families choose to stay at our Lake Buchanan cabins for their Summer vacations and weekend getaways. And as it turns out, this kind of quality family time is quite beneficial for children.
The Benefits of Quality Time Spent with Family
“I’m bored…” Every parent has heard these two words muttered before. And as much as we love Summer, keeping the kids entertained is not always easy. Unfortunately, in our very connected world, we often throw technology at the problem, but this presents quite a few challenges for kids as they grow older. Kids who get what they want, when they want it are more likely to have a hard time when things don’t go their way, as well as difficulty staying committed to long-term goals. But when the family gets together to engage in group activities, this sense of boredom quickly disappears and leads to a whole other host of benefits.
Promotes Positive Behavior
It turns out that quality time spent with family leads to positive behavior in children and adolescents. Strong, loving relationships set the foundation a child needs for healthy development. As these kids get older, they know they can count on their family for support. Studies show that children who spend more time with their families are less likely to experiment with substances, perform better in school, and are not as likely to get into trouble with the law later in life.
Strengthens Family Bonding
As parents, there’s no better gift we can give our children than some quality time spent together. In fact, studies have shown that group activities done with family can create strong emotional bonds, as well as help families to adapt to different situations. Activities like hiking, traveling, even watching movies together can all help family members build stronger ties to one another.
6 Ways To Spend Quality Time Together at Cedar Lodge Texas
At Cedar Lodge Texas, we love bringing families together. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where families can disconnect from their busy lives and enjoy each other’s company. Every detail, from how we built our Lake Buchanan cabins, to the amenities we offer, is meant to facilitate this kind of environment so you can enjoy more time together. Here are a few ideas for how you can have family fun during your stay at Cedar Lodge Texas:
1. Go for a Hike
Fortunately, our Lake Buchanan cabins are surrounded by some of the best nature the Texas Hill Country has to offer. Nearby parks like Inks Lake State Park and Enchanted Rock are perfect for a day of hiking with the kids. Exploring nature will help reignite their imagination in a fun and family-friendly outdoor environment.
2. Play a Game
Whether it’s a volleyball match or board games in our clubhouse, playing games together is a fantastic way to bond as a family. Research shows that play is essential in childhood development. Playing with your children shows them you are fully engaged, which helps them to build strong relationships with others. With so many games and activities at our Lake cabins in Texas, there’s no shortage of opportunities for children and parents to play together.
3. Have a Family Dinner
According to a study by the American College of Pediatricians, family meals lead to a host of benefits for children. This includes better academic performance, healthier dietary patterns, less emotional stress, and improved family relations, among other benefits. Making family dinner a priority is beneficial to everyone. Gather ‘round your lakeside picnic table and spend time reconnecting with one another over a delicious meal.
4. Explore a New Place
One of our favorite places for families to explore is nearby Longhorn Caverns State Park. Equal parts education and exploration, the Longhorn Caverns guided walking tour is an adventurous activity that the kids will love. You’ll have the chance to admire the caves from up close while learning about the history and geology of the once ancient river.
5. Go Fishing
Fishing is a wonderful way to have fun together as a family. At Cedar Lodge’s Lake Buchanan cabins, you can choose to bring your own equipment and fish lakeside just outside your cabin door. Feeling more adventurous? Take a fishing trip with our recommended local guides. Whichever you decide, working together with your kids to reel in a fish or watching as they hook their own will bring everyone closer together.
6. Spend Time on the Water
From pontoon boats to kayaks to jet skis, nothing beats some fun on the water, especially in the summer heat. Our exclusive boat rentals make spending time together on the water easy. Whether the kids are looking for an adrenaline rush or a relaxing day alongside the whole family, we’ve got something every family can enjoy.
Enjoy a Family-Friendly Trip to Our Lake Buchanan Cabins
Ready to make this Summer extra special for your kiddos? A visit to Cedar Lodge Texas’ Lake Buchanan cabins is the perfect way to bring your family together and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s only for a few days or an entire week, spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and find new ways to reconnect with your family. Give us a call at (512) 793-2820 or use our online booking system to make your reservation today!