One of the best gifts families can give to one another is spending quality time together. Not only does it provide a sense of belonging and security but it also strengthens family bonds while bringing everyone closer together.
It is proven that children who are brought up in a home where families enjoy activities together have higher self-esteem. Did you know that strong family bonds encourage positive behavior in children as well as improves academic performance? It also strengthens parent-child communication and teaches kids how to be a good friend.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to cultivate and protect these family bonds. However, our daily lives tend to make building strong connections more challenging than it needs to be.
It may require some effort to make this firm foundation a reality in your life but I promise you it will all be worth it. Below I have jotted down 4 ways you can use to get your entire family closer together while having some family fun.
Go On A Family Vacation
Visiting the beach as a family is a fun activity. The sound and power of the ocean is therapeutic in itself. The ocean waves have the ability to calm the mind. When the mind is calm, lots of bonding can happen.
Road trips are also an ideal way to bring the family closer. If everyone is stuck in one car, they will be forced to communicate with each other. You’ll be surprised by how much you will learn about each other during the trip.
A family getaway can be extremely enjoyable if it is planned correctly. I suggest gathering everyone together and as a family decides where you would like to go.
Having everyone involved in the decision-making process prevents unnecessary arguments. It will also make little ones feel as if their opinions matter just as much as the older kids and adults.
Of course, you could also play everything by ear. Just jump into the car and see where the wind takes you. This works great if your family is adventurous and likes to go with the flow.
Help Those In Need
So this may not be seen as fun in your children’s eyes, however, volunteering as a family is still a great idea. It is not only a way to bond but it also makes us truly appreciate what we have.
Did you know that as humans, the more we give, the happier and more grateful we feel in our own lives? There’s truly no experience that is more powerful than giving your time and energy to make someone else’s life a little bit better.
Sharing these learning experiences helps strengthen family relationships. For instance, you could spend a day at our local food bank.
One of the best memories I have with my family is when we spent a weekend to build a home for charity. These are all valuable experiences you can share throughout your life.
Volunteering can expose kids to lots of different people as well as increase their appreciation for various cultures. Children who volunteer with their families tend to be more empathetic and less self-centered. Overall, helping others together is almost always a positive experience for the entire family.
Have A Games Night
Old-fashioned board games can give your family bonding time a burst of fun and laughter. Games night can bring out the inner child of everyone. Even the most serious person will be able to let loose and just have fun.
There are plenty of board games available out there, you just have to find the right one. My family favorites are Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, and Pictionary. We have created a game collection over the years. We tend to take turns picking out a game to play.
If board games are not your cup of tea, there are other options too. They can be played on the Wii or Playstation. Don’t forget going outdoors to play basketball or soccer. This way exercise is included of family fun and offers everyone benefits.
Interact With Other Families
Nobody lives in a bubble. We all belong to a community in some way. Even those people who claim they do not enjoy socializing with other people are part of a group.
As a result, it is important that your family interact with other families. It doesn’t matter where you join them. Whether it be within your neighborhood, school system or church, the important thing is that you are spending time with other families as well as your own.
Bonding with other families will not bring your own family closer together but will also help you see how your family members interact with others. This is also a great way to teach your children how to socialize with people who are different than them as every family has their own culture and values.