How to Create Family Bonding Time
“You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.” ~Polish Proverb
During our grandparents' or parents' time (50's ~ 80's), family bonding seems like it doesn't exist. Many of them are focusing on work to provide for a living. Some parents especially fathers even work overseas, hardly come back home to bond with family. Do you know how much impact this would leave on a child especially during their growing-up years?
Family bonding can be quick and simple, and most of the time, it does not require anyone to even leave home. It also does not require much time or preparation. Family time is an essential factor that helps to create strong bonds, love, connections, and relationship among the family members. Spending quality time with family does help in coping with challenges, instill a feeling of security, inculcate family values, and much more. For your kids, your time spent with them is life precious jewels that embed in their memories forever. There are many family bonding activities to consider such as:
Eat Dinner Together as a Family
A simple sit-down family dinner not only helps you to bond together as a family, but there is also evidence that kids who eat regular meals with their families do better in school, are more healthy and less likely to smoke, drink or drug. Family dinner also helps parent ward off stress by making time for family meals, and while saving money in the process.
Cook/ Bake Together
Enlist your kids' help in the kitchen process. A lot of extra work especially clean up but the effort is worth it. It is so much fun to cook together.
Build a Family Garden
Whether you have a large backyard or not, planning and grooming for a family garden is a great way to bond with the kids. The time you spend together, the opportunities to talk and teach, the joy of growing your own dinner and the million photos, etc.
Family Movie Nights
The joy of cuddling up to a nice little movie. Laughing and enjoy the movie together with kids are priceless.
One of the best way to let go, relaxed and connect.
Go on Picnic/ Short Escapes/ Camping
While vacations are a great way to bond with your family but it can be expensive too. Take off from work is needed for a vacation. In-between vacations, go on a picnic or camping are good choices to continue getting short doses of down-time bonding.
Create family traditions
A great way to create a ritual that is uniquely yours and has an incredible power to tie the family together. Some great ideas:
a. Daddy date
b. Full Moon Walk
d. Family Service Day
e. Secret Handshake
Being able to spend time with family is a blessing. If family is a pillar of strength and support, it requires everyone's effort to build it and more importantly, to maintain its sturdiness.