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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.


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Board games might seem a little old-fashioned and out of date these days, that’s why they’re not played sometimes, with all the electronics around.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.

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Don’t Let Physical Distance Drive a Wedge Between Loved Ones

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People living in modern society often have to move around the country at some point during their lives. That could happen because they meet someone special, but it might also occur when the individual seeks a better job. Thanks to modern technology, there is no reason that physical distance should cause families to lose touch with each other these days. Any readers with family members who live more than a hundred miles away should benefit from the advice on this page. It’s vital that everyone works hard to keep in touch because family, friends and loved ones are important.

Send written letters with photographs

Lots of folks send emails or texts these days when they want to communicate. While they are cheap and efficient methods, there can be something sterile about receiving a typed message. With that in mind, family members should try their best to send handwritten letters to their loved ones whenever possible. The recipient will appreciate the effort, and it’s likely to mean more to them. That is especially the case if people remember to include photographs of their children. Experts from Silver Bee Photography say that even professional images are not going to break the bank, and they will let the loved one know someone cares.

Communicate via Skype and other video calling tools

Almost everyone has a laptop at home with a webcam, and so you can use these tools to keep in touch. There are many video calling software tools available on the market today that anyone can try. Best of all? Services like Skype don’t require any investment, and the calls go through the WiFi connection. That means there is no need to stress about inflated telephone bills. Also, the family members will get to see each other on the screen, which is fantastic for grandparents, aunties, and uncles with growing nieces and nephews. Some alternatives to Skype include:


Arrange family get-togethers at least once each year

Regardless of the distance, all family members should manage to attend a gathering once each year. Some folks might like to call it a reunion. Try to choose a location that’s in the middle of everyone, so that some people don’t have to travel much farther than others. It’s possible to save a fortune on hotel rooms if the entire group books together, and there are lots of other ways in which the family can save money, such as cooking some meals, sharing transportation costs or finding discounted tickets to activities online. At those gatherings and reunions, be sure to take as many photographs as possible and encourage all the kids to play together to create lifetime connections.

With the tips from this post, all families can manage to keep in touch and see each other regularly, even when they live hundreds of miles apart. People can come and go during most people’s lifetimes. However, family members will be there until the bitter end, and so it’s always worth making an effort. Sometimes our links to the past are an important part of creating a future that makes us feel happy and content. How have you kept in touch with family far away? 

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Nashville: A Surprisingly Family Friendly Vacation Spot

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Straddling the Cumberland River in North Tennessee, Nashville has rightly earned its reputation as a thriving musical hub. The very name is synonymous with country music, gaudy neon, whiskey and downtown’s infamous status as one of the country’s premier party spots. It may not be the first place your subconscious mind would rush to when it comes to an ideal spot for a family vacation. But if you look beyond the shot swilling, guitar strumming Nashvillian stereotypes , you’ll find a whole lot to recommend as one of America’s most family friendly locations.

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Nashville has a surprising array of family friendly, fun and educational attractions that are ideally suited to moms, dads and kids of all ages. Here are just a few of the family friendly activities with which you can fill your Nashville Days:

Free Puppet Shows at the Nashville Public Library

If you have young children and a limited budget, then here’s a fun activity that’s completely free. Nashville Public Library is not only the perfect place for imaginative kids to lose themselves in the magical world of books, they also host a range of fun and imaginative puppet shows based on popular kids’ stories that are perfect for kids of all ages.

Experience the Musical “Petting Zoo” at The Country Music Hall of Fame

Whether they’re a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll or a little bit hip hop, musically gifted kids can literally get a feel for the music biz by trying out a huge range of new and familiar musical instruments. Aside from its ubiquitous Johnny Cash Museum, The Country Music Hall of Fame offers a fun and interactive experience for the whole family, giving everyone a chance to play instruments, sing, be a DJ or record their own track (a great memento).   

Learn and Have Fun at the Adventure Science Center

Kids learn best when they’re having fun, and there are few places more educational and fun than Musc City’s own Adventure Science Center. Hosting a wide range of year round exhibits that offer a fun and interactive experience for kids of all ages, the center features its popular Little Labs program in which children aged 3-5 can participate in age-appropriate lab activities, experiments and crafts. Kids with their heads in the stars can get to be an astronaut for the day by exploring the outer reaches of the universe in the Space Chase. They can even feel what it’s like to walk on the surface of the moon by taking the Star Walk, followed by a spectacular laser show at the Sudekum Planetarium!

Long Family Walks at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden

What better way to start the day or walk off a delicious meal than strolling the gorgeous grounds of the Cheekwood Botanical Garden? This 55- acre park has a spectacular range of trees and plants as well as hosting an award winning jungle gym.

When it comes to fun activities that the whole family can enjoy, you’ll be surprised at the quality and diversity of Music City’s family friendly attractions.