Raising children to become intelligent, empathetic, affectionate, and overall good people requires a lot of attention from the parents. However, being a good parent is not exactly the easiest task a person can take. Things can get easily even more complicated and more difficult when both of the parents have to invest a lot more time and effort into their jobs. Unfortunately, sometimes as an adult, you do not have a choice on what you can or can’t do, you must be present and work and you need to do your job.
However, just because you are stuck at work most of the time, does not mean that you can find a little bit of time to dedicate to yourself, your partner, and most importantly, your children. As a parent, your job is to continuously maintain that bond between every single family member. You must never allow for the family to disagree or, even worse, fall apart.
But, do not worry, that will not happen. There are so many simple and not very time-consuming bonding activities that you could do with your family that will surely strengthen the connection between every single one of you. To help you, here are some fun ideas that you could implement in your family bonding days.
I know, watching TV shows or movies do not exactly sound like an activity that will induce bonding, but it is more effective than what most people think. But, if you wanted to be as effective as possible, you will have to do it the right way. You don’t get to just sit on your TV and expect that your children will come running to the living room to watch together. No. What you will have to do requires a bit of planning beforehand.
The first step would be to ask both your children and your partner whether they will be willing to join you for a movie or an episode from a TV show today, the next day, or sometime next week. If all of them agree, then you can start talking about the content they want to watch. Do not decide which movie or TV show you’re going to watch by yourself, because they might lose their interest during this activity. That is against the whole point.
Once you make this plan and everyone is aware of the plan, gather everyone around the TV, make some popcorn, bring some drinks, and then enjoy your time.
Believe it or not, exercising has been proven to be a great way to create a bond between two people. This same activity can be used to strengthen the bond between the members of your family, including yourself.
Of course, you will have to find an exercise that everyone will be able to do and that it will be something they enjoy. You can’t just tell them to make 100 push-ups and expect that everyone will have a fun time. Most people can’t even make one push-up, so make sure you’re not too extreme and be careful when choosing the exercises.
However, if you’re having trouble finding the right exercises that everyone in your family will enjoy, you should try yoga. Since yoga is an activity/exercise that can be run with a group, you can utilize it to bond with your partner and your children, as suggested by Trendlor. Not only is this a great activity for improving the relationship between your family members, but it is also a great exercise for everyone and will relieve you of your stress.
Go on a trip
Not everyone can afford to go on a weeklong trip with their family either because of money or time. This is completely understandable and if you do find yourself in such a situation where you cannot invest a lot of money or time into a trip, there is a way you could make things work.
First, the trip does not have to last a week or several days. In fact, it could be just one day and that will be more than enough to bond with your family. Again, you will have to inform everyone about what you’re planning instead of just telling them that they must come on this trip. By taking the freedom of choice from your children, they will hate these types of activities even more. This is why it is so important to ask them instead of ordering them.
Although, sometimes, as a parent, you will have to be strict and give an order instead of kindly asking. But, I assume that you already know in which situations you will need to strict and in which you will need to be nice.
If you’re having trouble getting your entire family for just one simple activity, maybe you should do something in their terms. Something that they will most certainly love. That thing is video games. Children love video games and spend who knows how many hours every day on them.
Today, there are so many video games that can be played locally with other players. They can either be competitive or cooperative. Which one of these you should pick, depends on the character type of your children. Nobody enjoys losing, some people hate losing a lot more. So, if you do not want to take the risk and make someone angry during your gaming night, I would recommend picking something more cooperative.
I am sure that you already have frequent dinners with your family, but to make those dinners even more special, you should try cooking together. The first time, it will be a bit hectic, since three or four people inside of the kitchen working at the same time is never a good idea. Things will be especially more complicated if your kids have no idea how to work in the kitchen.
But, it can be a fun time and you will probably end up making a tasty meal, so it is a win-win situation in the end.
There are so many ways you can bond with your family, but I believe that these activities I mentioned may be the most efficient when it comes to strengthening a relationship.