Kids enjoy spending time with their parent, and if you want your family to be close-knit, it’s high time you start sparing time for bonding. Most people think they have to make some special preparations for this, but there are tons of activities you can do on the spot that will bring your family together. Here is a list of five you can do immediately.
Eat dinner together
This is one of the most basic bonding activities, and according to research, kids who eat dinner with their parents perform better at school, are healthy, and are less likely to get involved in drugs and substance abuse. Evidence also shows that parents can wade off stress by spending time with their kids, and what better way to do it than a meal. If you are a busy parent, strive to spare at least two night for dinner with your family.
Spend special time with each person
It might a be by watching the best of Netflix, having an ice cream date, or playing a game, but research shows that kids feel come connected to their parents when they spend special time together. Special time is great because your focus is only on that person. You get to know them and share some fun and exciting moments. Discuss beforehand what you will do, and when dealing with kids, always give them a chance to choose from time to time. It fosters their autonomy and shows that you trust their choices.
Play a game
I’m not talking about card games here. And while they are the most popular, games that make your blood pump are a great bonding moment. Go to the back yard and jump on the trampoline, swim, play soccer, or ride a scooter together. A little competition is healthy as long as you do it for fun and not to put each other down. Family pranks are on a new high and a great way to have fun and a good laugh. Keep it simple and fun, and avoid pranks that will hurt others.
Interact with nature
Take a nature walk, go to the park, have a picnic. Spending time exploring nature gives you some vitamin D and brings you closer to your kids. Picnics are fun and don’t require much planning or money. The whole family will enjoy it but more so your little ones.
Visit the library
Reading together is fun and builds a culture of learning for your kids. You can either create your own library by buying books or visit your local library and borrow some books. Either way, spend at least a few minutes a day reading with your kids. If they are still young, read them a story to build their curiosity.
Twenty years from now, your kids will remember the memories you made together, and these simple activities will be on top of the list. Have an activity for each day, and your work is demanding, spare time twice a week for family bonding activities.