In our previous post, we looked into ways of creating stronger bonds between parents and their children by doing some day-to-day basics such as creating family meal times and trying to maximise the balance between work and household duties. What we will look into now is ways to maximise the weekends and evenings you have available. We are also firm believers that activities don’t have to be expensive, however, if you are looking for ways to reward your children then you might want to push the boat out a little bit.
Here are our top three activities to do, to build stronger family bonds.
- Movie nights – Create times when you and your family can sit down together and watch a movie. An activity such as this doesn’t have to be done every day and you can even just set out one night a month to do it, alternating between who gets to choose the movie. Add some popcorn and snacks and it will feel like you are actually at the movies.
- Go on a picnic – spending time outside the house provides a different environment for you to bond in. It also helps get your kids get out and enjoy some fresh air and you can do a wide array of sporting activities whilst you’re out and about.
- Game nights – these can be easy, simple and a great laugh. Game nights can be a great way to pull together either in teams or as individual players in a friendly competitive environment. This doesn’t just have to be board games, you can also have a fun evening playing active computer games such on a Wii or using the Xbox Kinect (if you have one).
For a longer list of alternatives visit 150 games to do with your children.
As touched upon before, getting active with your children and going outdoors can really help you to developing and reinforce your family bonds and bring you all closer together. There are many activities that you can do in the back garden, such as sports, jumping castle hire and even camp out overnight.
To be frank, nothing beats spending good old fashioned time together, whether you are doing the activities above or any other things you can think of as a family and all that really matters is that you are just being together.