In a world in love with smartphones and the latest tech, it can be difficult to promote family bonding. Add long hours at the office, exams, homework, and extracurriculars, and it’s no wonder communication and interaction are lacking in families.
Quality time together is one of the greatest gifts families can give to one another. Sharing quality time not only strengthens family relationships but also gives everyone in the family a sense of belonging. Spending time together as a family is one of the most valuable gifts a family can give to one another. Sharing quality time not only strengthens family relationships but also gives everyone in the family a sense of belonging.
According to studies, when families participate in activities together, the children not only gain skills but also have stronger self-esteem. Strong family relationships also promote better conduct in children, improve parent-child communication, and educate your child on how to be a good friend.
LOOKING FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FAMILY BONDING?
Try these proven methods and activities:
- EAT MEALS TOGETHER
Choose a few nights during the week when you expect everyone to gather around the dinner table. Don’t allow phones or other electronics. Just eat a meal and have a conversation together. The objective is to bring everyone together and enjoy a meal without any distraction, increasing family bonding
Camping is a recreational pastime that not only encourages communing with nature but is known to strengthen family relationships. The benefits of camping are many, particularly for families trying to strengthen their bonds. Families can benefit from the natural bonding that takes place during a camping trip. From starting a fire, to preparing the tents, there are many opportunities for families to teach and learn from each other. Camping also gives children a chance to learn from their parents and form a greater level of appreciation and respect for hard work.
- HAVE FAMILY MEETINGS
Family meetings are an excellent opportunity for everyone to check in with one another, express complaints, and plan for the future. A family gathering is a wonderful opportunity to discuss family vacation, or how you intend to do tasks next weekend.
These meetings can be regular events on your family calendar, or they can be impromptu and called by any member of the family if they feel the need. Family meetings may also be used to establish family objectives.
- INCORPORATE SILLY TRADITIONS
Growing up with my parents was really fun. We get to play local games with them and sing songs with them before and after eating. Whoever sang poorly is serving us the next day’s food. Of course we all sang well, but we all get to serve each other one after the other.
Whatever ritual or tradition you pick, make it playful, and you’ll be ensuring a fun family experience for years to come.
OTHER PROVEN METHODS YOU CAN TRY:
- Create a Mission Statement
- Join Other Families
- Pray Together
Having more fun with your family doesn’t take much work. It’s simply about being intentional with your time together. Can you turn off your work brain in their presence? Do they see you relax? When was the last time you played at something? In the long term, these things matter. And you’ll be enjoying your family more than ever in no time.