Whether you have little ones, or a disgruntled teen stuck in their ‘meh’ stage, family bonding activities are an important aspect of any healthy family. Whether it’s once a week, once a fortnight, or once a month, investing in some quality time can prove extremely beneficial for a number of reasons.
As cliché as this may sound, it’s still no less true, there’s nothing more important than family. Although, some people tend to lose sight of this in wake of their busy work schedules. Setting aside just one night a fortnight can help strengthen family bonds, reduce behavioural problems with your children and even help them develop parenting skills of their own.
Host a games night
There’s nothing like a good game of Pictionary or Balderdash to get the energy levels high and everybody yelling/laughing/crying with hysterics. Even the most eye-rolling teen will release their inner child as their competitive side comes out. If you have the space for it, get your neighbours or family friends over for a trivia night and have a battle of the families to really help you bond as a team.
Be a book worm
Reading with your children can be a great way to encourage them to learn, whilst spending some quality time together. With so many different ways to read nowadays, you can use a kindle or tablet to access the countless e-books available. Whether you’re reading a chapter aloud to your kid before bed, or going through your teenagers’ set reading list for school with them, this is a great way to both bond and encourage them to learn.
You’re never too old for a pillow fort
If you’ve got a lounge suite, then you’ve got a fort. Transform your living room into an adventure playground and put those cushions and blankets to good use. This is an easy, fun filled way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon and provide your kids (and you too, let’s be honest now) with hours of fun.
Have a movie night
Get your hands on some microwave popcorn, maybe some other tasty treats and set yourself up on the couch for a good old fashioned movie night. Show your kids the classics, or let them show you the latest Pixar or Disney creations (you know you love them too). This is ideal for those with a demanding job who just want to crash at the end of the day. With a movie night, you can still get your downtime, but spend time with your family as you do it.