Research notes that spending time together as a family, from moms and their children to grandparents and their grandchildren, can benefit health and well-being for the long haul.

An article shared many times in the past year on social media indicates that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren have a less likely chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Another article shared recently indicates that studies show that spending more time with your mother adds years to her life.

The connection in all of this, it seems, is the time spent together. Socialization is key. Of course, that time should be quality time — playing games, having dinner, talking, sharing family histories, watching movies, to name a few.

My family spends a lot of time together. Summer’s arrival and no school means my parents spend a decent amount of time with my children while I work. Additionally, time off and holidays unites my little family, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins for cookouts, celebrations and the like. The kiddos seem to like it, and for me, it’s always good to go home again.

In speaking of family histories, time with grandparents brings great opportunities to learn about the past and trace the path of relatives one’s family might have. My children and I have plenty of cousins, but trying to explain how many times removed they are can prove complicated! 😮 At a recent wedding, I actually drew a small diagram to show where the groom stands on that one side of the family. Hey, it worked! 🙂

So when it comes time to go to another family get-together, embrace it. Enjoy the ties that bind. Research shows it’s good for all of us!