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Family Bonding: Simple Ways to Connect as a Family
Was one of your New Years resolutions to make more time for your family? Do you feel like you shuttle the kids from one activity to the next with no time to chat, let alone connect, in between? Maybe you feel like your family spends more time squabbling than having fun together.
Whatever your reason for wanting to make family time a priority, I’ve got you covered. I’ve scoured the world of kids’ activities blogs and parenting websites, as well as my own archives, to bring you this list of simple and inexpensive ways to promote family bonding. No trip to Disney World required!
Leave the gadgets in the house or car and get active outside. In my opinion, nothing beats acting like a kid, with your kid, outside. Go sledding, do cartwheels, shoot some hoops. Let loose and have fun! In need of some motivation to get out there? Find it in my post, 10 Reasons to Play Outside With Your Kids This Winter.
My husband plays the guitar on an almost daily basis at home. Our son gets a huge smile on his face and automatically reaches for his instruments every time my husband gets out his guitar case. Then we dance.
My sister, Lucy really enjoys gardening and her oldest son (almost 4) is himself a budding gardener. Check out her post Gardening with Kids: Sharing a Passion (she has some good tips for involving little ones in the garden).
Try (or Learn) Something New:
The family that learns together stays together! Try something with your family that none of you have done before. It needn’t be elaborate or expensive. Sarah from How Wee Learn has an excellent example of this in her post Exploring the Sense of Taste.
I fully admit that I’m often bustling around the kitchen, trying to check things off my to do list while my son is working on an art or craft project at the table. When I take the time to sit beside him and join in the creative process however, I am often rewarded with the chance to really connect with him in a calm, relaxed way. You can read more about that in my post Paint and Fabric on Canvas: An Art Activity for Parent and Child.
Chelsey of Buggy and Buddy also finds creating alongside her daughter to be a special time. Read about their ongoing creative journey in her post Art Journals for Kids.
Make Your Own Family Rituals and Traditions:
Every family has at least one silly little game or ritual they play. Maybe your kids came up with it together or its something you did with your parents growing up. My son and I have “the flying angel”, a trick in which I lie on my back and hold him up in the air by my feet. My father did this same trick with me and my sisters when we were kids.