You love your family, but in today world, daily routines can drain the fun out of being together with family. Between working parents and kids whose lives are dictated by school and extracurricular activities (not to forget the internet and gadgets that often steal our children from us), finding quality family time often become a challenge. Busy school and work schedules, play dates and general day-to-day routines can dramatically decrease the amount of quality time spent together as a family.
So what do you do to stay connected and strengthen family bonds to ensure your family stays close together? Get organized and be creative to maximize the time you spend together.
Whether your kids are young and still living at home, away at college or with families of their own, it is important to stay connected. There’s plenty of fun and easy ways to get closer as a family. It’s time to bring your family closer together by making family time a priority and supporting one another. You can plan a regularly scheduled family fun night or weekend, and spend an evening doing an activity that everyone will enjoys.
With all of the hectic schedules it’s easy to let the craziness take over and push us away from the love ones. Make time as often as possible ( once a week or twice a month at least) to sit down and have dinner together and catch up what’s happening to them behind us.
Create ritual and make it as a family tradition. Pick one night as a family night. Invite extended family over to promote bonding with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Cook and bake your own recipe and share it with them.
Story time is another great way to strengthen the connection with family. After the dinner, gather the whole family whether in the living room or balcony, then tell something wonderful or story about family and your ancestor or choose any classic games the one that’s appropriate for the ages that will be playing like Monopoly and Scrabble.
How to put the fun back in your family is one simple way to increase your family fun is to make sure each member of the family contributes equally. Why not give each person including the little ones a chance to decide on the family fun activity? You may be surprised at the simple things they can come up with.