Like glue, mothers help family members stick together. We live in an internet village where it is easy to lose touch with our loved ones in a bid to connect with outsiders. Hence, every parent should proactively find family activities that will help the family stick together every day. Family board games or STEM toys that promote critical thinking skills such as Lego Robotics are educational and fun for the whole family. Below you will find more ideas of how to bring your family together every day.
Make Time for Family
Imagine a society without holidays and festivals. Boring right! The family is no different from the larger society. The rules are the same; family time is non-negotiable.
Whether it is a joint vacation in the Maldives or some time out at the cinema, creating rituals and traditions within the family is a great idea. The family meeting does not have to be held outside, and you can invite friends.
Eat Dinner Together
The dining table is where the magic happens. Issues can be ironed out there, and reconciliations can be made. Just ensure you keep the phones away.
More often than not, families have to rush or skip breakfast due to busy schedules and the need to catch up with work or school. The evening time is oftentimes not as busy as the morning, so it is easy to bring the family together for dinner. Inviting extended family members over for dinner is an impeccable idea.
Teach Your Kids Resolution of Conflict
One of the things that can keep the family apart is conflict. No matter how flimsy or petty a conflict is, a small misunderstanding can give birth to bigger conflicts.
The reason we have a disoriented society is that many adults do not know how to get along with people who don’t share the same sociopolitical views as them. It is a virus that has infected the functional unit of society, the family.
When your children reach a deadlock on who is the greatest basketballer of all time, listen to all sides of the story and let them know that they can agree to disagree (meaning they can have different favorites and still enjoy the sport together).
Be Attentive to All
Do not silence the inner voice of your children; instead, raise them to have independent opinions as individuals. Listen to them without judging them.
Being attentive to your children will ensure they come to you first when they are facing life challenges. Not their teachers. Not their uncles. Not their friends. You!
Exercise or Play Games Together
Making everyone exercise every day or twice a week is a win-win idea. Your family will get some health bonuses, and the family bond will be strengthened. Easy yoga for kids, playing games like Chess, video games, and LEGO robot inventor games is a perfect way to keep the family together. You can also make time for family boot camp.
Volunteer as a Team
Nothing makes us feel better as humans as giving our things or selves out to the needy or society with no strings attached. You can volunteer to help at animal rescue shelters, the Red Cross, retirement homes, habitat for humanity, and food pantries.