This pandemic has given us a lot of time to spend with our families. As parents, most of us have had to work from home, and the kids have had to attend school via online classes, so time together has been abundant. But I want to ask you something: have you all used this time to bond as a family, or have you just been around each other? I want to give you 7 quick ideas for family bonding that you can use to bring your family closer together and improve the awesome bonds you have with each other.
7 Ideas for Family Bonding
Family game nights. These are super fun ways to bond with your family, because you can all come together and choose some games to play. My family loves board games, and so we make sure to always keep a fun supply of new ones coming in so we can all try them and enjoy them together. They’re a great source of family fun, and I can assure you that you’ll all always have a fond memory of playing games together.
Play a sport together. Yes, this can sound a little preppy to some, but taking up a sport you all enjoy is a great way to get yourselves out of the house together, watch each other make progress and improve in the sport, and get to spend time together building each other up. Tennis, soccer, mini golf, ping pong, and a lot of other sports are great for families, and I highly recommend trying this out!
Take little road trips together. If you all have the time, try to regularly take road trips together. You can choose places that are free to enter, and even use public transportation to go to some (once the pandemic is over, of course). Trips as a family are a great way to spend time together, create memories together, experience new things together, and it allows you all to get out of the house for a bit which does wonders on stress levels for everyone!
Do projects together. One of my personal favorites is getting crafty with the rest of the family. Ever so often we all get together and make DIY projects. Sometimes we do one each if they’re smaller projects, and other times, when the project is big enough, we all work on it together. This can range from making art, building things, renovating, or creating other little things for around the house. Trust me, you’ll love this tip!
Watch movies together. Though this might seem pretty normal, watching movies together as a family is a wonderful bonding activity. If you do this already, try making it special by making snacks together or setting the living room up like a theater and everyone having a role as theater operators. We can always make simple things fun, and bonding activities are exactly that.
Have a book club. Book clubs are a super fun way to bond as a family because not only are you all expanding your minds with new books, but you’re also adding to the things you all have in common by reading the same books. You can each take turns choosing one book a month, and then you all read them. Then, at the end of the month, you can all gather around and talk about the book and how it made you all feel, etc.
Learn recipes or make food together. This is a great one because it has been done over centuries. It’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, and it’s a great way for parents to get help in the kitchen too! Plus, learning new recipes together leads to having a lot of fun together and also having new favorites to cook! I highly recommend this one for all those who love food as much as I do!
This concludes my quick little guide of ideas for family bonding activities. I hope you enjoy each and every minute you all get to spend together whether it’s doing one of these activities together or not. Remember that the time we have is precious, kids grow up fast, and all we have is the present; so make the most out of the time you have now!