Balancing a career and family can be a challenge and parents often feel that they are not spending the time they want with their children due to being pulled in so many different directions. It’s important for families to ensure that they are spending quality time together. Not only will your children love to do activities with you and the rest of the family, there are many benefits to family time. Spending time together as a family helps form bonds and connections that will be with them throughout life. Research also shows that children who spend quality time with their families usually achieve better grades in school and behavioral issues decrease.
Spending time together doesn’t always have to be grand, over the top activities. What’s most important is that your spending time together and enjoying the moment. Every day activities can be made into a fun, family bonding time. Parents can involve children in bedtime routines more, or even make doing chores more enjoyable by turning them into a game. Parents can give awards out to whoever completed their chores the fastest and accurately or create silly categories such as “Best Dance Moves While Vacuuming”. Another example would be cooking dinner. Instead of only the parents getting everything together, include the entire family. Find age appropriate activities for your children – whether it is setting the table, helping mix a dish or helping cook, preparing your meal together is a great activity for families to do together. You could also be introducing your child to hobbies they love and continue to enjoy throughout their lives.
Families also like to make their family time extra special by celebrating together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small victory, such as the kids picking up their toys without being reminded, or a big one, such as winning the spelling bee, celebrate each other’s achievements as a family and try to celebrate in a way that doesn’t happen in your daily routine. Not only will this create memories as a family, but your children will also recognize they are being rewarded for good behaviors and it will encourage them to keep reaching for goals.
Whether you are looking for fun celebration ideas or just something new to do as a family during the weekend, if you’re in search of activities that take you outside of your everyday happenings, here are some fun ideas:
- Visit the beach
- Go to the movies
- Eat dinner at a favorite or new restaurant
- Visit a museum
- Go on a road trip to a family favorite spot
- Build a fort – indoors or outdoors
- Write a play and act it out together
- Go to a sporting event
- Write and illustrate a book together
- Ride bikes together
- Go on a hike
- Draw pretty pictures throughout the neighborhood with chalk
- Play board games together
- Have a picnic – indoors or outdoors
- Visit an amusement park or indoor play gym
If your family is having a tough time agreeing on what to do, we suggest taking the time to create an “Activity Jar”. On popsicle sticks, write down activities that you can do with your children and put them in a mason jar. When your family can’t decide on what to do, choose someone to pick out a popsicle stick, and the activity written will be what you do!
What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family?