Don't feel bad if you have realized that you've not had fun as a family for a while. It can be difficult, it's so easy to take your family for granted as you see them every day and you get on each other's nerves, but just like how you have to make an effort with your partner from time to time and go on date nights, the same applies to your family. It's important to stay connected, to make time to talk to each other and find out what's been going on in each other's lives as even though you might see each other all the time, life gets in the way, and talk is about homework and housework and bedtimes and bathtimes.
It's important to make time for each other and to make time just to have some fun together - not only because it's fun but because it will keep your family together and keep you close. Bonding as a family can be really simple, and most of the time, it doesn't even require anyone even to leave the house. So, what are the best family bonding ideas for you and your clan?
Eat Dinner Together
This is so simple, but you would be surprised how many people don't dit down to dinner together. Sitting down to eat is a great way to connect with each other and talk about your day. You can cook together to increase the time spent together, or you could order a takeaway which you can enjoy together. One other thing you could do is when the weather is nice to eat outside together. It makes things more exciting to start with, but it also gets people in a great mood and often means you spend all night outside enjoying the nice weather and chatting and enjoying the evening with no TV or other tech. Get prepared for the summer now with an outdoor ceiling fan to make for a more comfortable porch in those summer months.
Have A Movie Night
Again, such a simple thing to do, but it makes all the difference if you actually set a night aside, so no one makes any plans, no one sits on their laptops or phones, you all free up your time and sit and watch a movie together. It's free or costs little if you want to rent a movie, and everyone can have a say in what you watch, or you can take it in turns to choose. Then, of course, to top it off, make sure you have everyone's favorite snacks in to make it really special.
Another easy activity and something that everyone can get involved with. Having fun in the kitchen brings everyone together, and then what's even better is you get to eat the fabulous creations you have made together.
Bring out the old classic board games and have a laugh together. It can be easy to forget how much fun board games can be, and then you get them out at Christmas and wonder why you don't do it more often. Well, make a point to do it more often with your family, take turns in picking which game you play and just make sure you all spend some quality time together.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.