Look To the Western Sky

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5 Ideas for More Family Bonding Time in 2018

Family time is essential for building relationships and aiding communication between parents and children. But how should you spend that time? Here are some ideas.

Getting Active

Staying active and healthy is essential for children and adults, so doing something physical with your family is a good idea. There are all kinds of things you can choose from; and when you’re getting active, it’s the perfect time to bond with your children. You could go for a long bike ride in the countryside, for example. Or you could take on an adventure obstacle course or a family kickball game. You might also want to encourage enthusiasm towards sports they love at school. Maybe your kids love basketball or baseball and play for the team. Practicing at home with them and even getting all the gear, such as youth baseball uniforms and equipment, could not only help you bond as a family, but also increase their love of and dedication to  extracurricular activities.

Doing Something They Love with Them

Every child has certain hobbies and interests that their parents don’t really understand. Maybe they like a particular computer game that you know nothing about or a pop star whom you’ve never heard of. It doesn’t matter what their interest is; it’s always a positive thing for you to learn more about it and take an interest in it. So, why not spend your family time getting to know your child’s interests and doing what they love? It shows that you’re interested in the things that they’re interested in. And, you never know, it might be fun.

Camping

Getting back to nature and spending some time in the great outdoors is a good way to spend time with the family. Camping gets you away from all the distractions of everyday life. If you’re in a remote location, you’ll probably have trouble getting a phone signal, and you won’t be able to use the internet–get disconnected. That’s a great thing when you want to really spend time with your family. You’ll all be forced to work together and create your own fun and activities. This is rare in our digital age, so go for it! If you don’t want a big camping adventure, you can always set up a tent in the backyard, which will satisfy those young kids in your family! 

Board Games

Board games might seem a little old-fashioned and out of date these days, that’s why they’re not played sometimes, with all the electronics around. Board games are as fun and enjoyable as they always were. It might take a bit of extra persuading to get your kids to put down the games console controller, but it’s worth it. It’s all about competing and having fun. Once the family gets involved and takes part, they’ll quickly see how much fun they can be.

Something Fun but Educational

There’s nothing wrong with doing something that will teach your children. But if the family time is educational, try to make sure it’s fun too. Luckily, this is not too difficult. There are lots of very interesting museums that are educational but also manage to appeal to young children. Do some research and find out what the best museums in your local area are. Many times the websites for these places will have special sections for children and/or planning a family visit. 

I hope some of these ideas help you manage to spend more quality time with your family in the new year.

(contributed article)

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  1. These are all wonderful ideas. I’m always seeking out something fun for grandkids!

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