Modern life doesn’t seem to afford many families the opportunity to bond. Education and work-related pressures seem to be at an all-time high, while our reliance – and addiction, in some cases – on electronic devices has found us staring at screens for hours daily. But if we make a concerted effort, we can schedule weekly activities that serve as chances to catch up with one another as a family. Here are eight of our favorite ideas.
- Road trip.
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- Arts and crafts.
Art projects and crafts are a great way to spend screen-free time with young children. Make jewelry, try your hand at watercolor painting, or create a scrapbook of family memories. Make your projects “just for fun”, or set out to give the final products as gifts.
- Creating traditions.
Years from now, what will your kids remember when they think of family? If you create traditions, this will most likely be what comes to mind. Host a family talent show every year, or have a huge annual summer blowout in the backyard.
- Nature-related activities.
In a tech-dominated world, it’s more vital than ever that we don’t lose our connection with nature. Plant a family garden, go on nature walks, or simply have an outdoor picnic. Check out books that help you identify different flora and fauna you see along the way.
Cooking with kids is a great way too bond while teaching them a life skill that eventually grants them independence. Choose a recipe and shop for ingredients together, and then enjoy the dish as a family. Collect your favorite recipes and make a family cookbook.
- Starting a small business.
Okay, not an actual business, but a potentially lucrative side project. Go for a classic lemonade stand, a bake sale, or a craft fair. This can teach kids how to manage money, or the proceeds could go to a charitable cause. Any way you choose to go, learning to profit from a skill is very rewarding for all.
- Game night.
Classic board games may not be as beloved by families as they once were, but do yourself a favor and check out some of the newest games centered around laughter and wordplay. Or, go ahead and play video games together. It’s the perfect way to bond with kids who are holed up gaming by themselves all the time.
- Movie night.
Is everyone in their respective rooms, binge watching separately on their respective screens? Let’s make a point of watching our favorite streaming service together two nights a week. It costs nothing extra, and can appeal to even the moodiest of teens, if you let them choose a title.
Family bonding time has many benefits. It builds trust, improves communication, and can influence the choices we make for the rest of our lives. Build respect and impress family values the right way with regular time spent as a team.