4 Ways to Improve Your Family Time
With so many daily distractions for both children and parents it’s not always a given that we dedicate quality time to just being together and enjoying each other’s company. It can often feel like an uphill struggle trying to convince the kids to spend time with their folks so we sometimes have to work extra hard to create fun and interesting ways to get them on board with family time.
Here are four suggestions of things you can do to get the kids excited about the time you all spend together, in turn improving your time together as a family.
Get outdoors and into the fresh air. Whether that’s a walk in the countryside a bike ride in the park or just good old fashioned family time in the garden. Encouraging children to step away from their computers and out into the garden is not always easy so make sure it’s a tidy, welcoming and fun environment. Invest in a few outdoor games for them to play and if your garden is looking a bit tired invest in some new garden furniture to make it a place you all look forward to spending time together as a family.
- Find an Activity You All Enjoy
When you have children of different ages it can be tough to find things that they all want to do. Teenagers are no longer interested in computer games, smaller children may not yet be caught up in specific hobbies. But there are always things that we can find that children of all ages can get involved in. Playing a family game of football or maybe an afternoon canoeing or a even weekend trip to a theme park are all possible things that can bring the family together.
- Zero Effort – Maximum Fun
Sometimes we all need to slob out a little, even mum and dad. Well actually, especially mum and dad, so from time to time the ‘less is more’ approach is just what the family needs. Instead of constantly looking for exciting, high energy things to do, why not just organise a family evening at home doing something you all enjoy. That could be as simple as takeaway pizza and your favourite family movie or perhaps all playing a game that gets you all working as a team. Just being together as a family, all relaxing in the same room, is a great way to get you all feeling connected and happy.
We all know that it’s not just important to spend time as a family together but also to make sure we spend time with our children individually, one-on-one. It’s crucial to check-in with our kids on a daily basis to see how they’re doing and constantly remind them that we’re there for them. Bedtime stories for the little ones bring comfort and chats with teenagers let them know we are there. For the times when there’s little time for much else, that’s more than enough.