We are living in a fast-paced world. We all have things to do each time. Even at that, let us appreciate that family time and family bonding is vital. It’s the biggest secret to a happier and a healthier you. If parents take the lead and guide their children accordingly, that family will remain united for generations to come. In other words, when you as parents bring your children together, they will also do the same to their children and the cycle will continue.
Families with strong family bonds will most likely spend special days such as Christmas days, anniversaries, birthdays or any other special day together. If this is what you have always wanted for your family, read on and discover amazing ways to achieve your heart desires.
Things you can do to bring your family together
Unshakable family bonds don’t just happen. They have to be exercised and developed over time. The most crucial ingredient here is time. You must spent some quality time together as often as you can. Here are great practices you can incorporate in your family and build a firm family bond.
Create family time
How about you schedule lunch or dinner every Sunday afternoon? Emphasize the need of everyone attending. If your parents live nearby, involve them. If they live in a different city, once in a while travel or invite them over just to be with them. Make sure you incorporate activities that every member of the family will not only participate but will also have fun. For instance, you can decide that every member of the family will take part in the meals preparation. You can even organize for a barbeque evening where you prepare your delicacies sipping drinks as you watch the sun go down. Other times you can play some board games, take nature walks or just watch a movie. Create beautiful family moments with such activities and whenever you can, take photos. You will have great fun when showing them to your grandchildren.
Do house chores together
Even if you have employed staff to do house chores, whenever you have time get your family members to do them. This is your home and so are the chores. This will teach the children to be responsible and even in their adult life, they will never live in a dirty house or wear dirty clothes because there was no one to do the cleaning. They will have gained a sense of responsibility.
To make things more fun, work as a team. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done and allow every member to choose the task they are most comfortable with. You are not in a military barracks, if someone feels the duty they have been assigned is too difficult for them and no one is willing to take up that duty, then all of you should work on it. Many hands will make the task look lighter and fun too. After the hard work, reward yourselves with something you will all enjoy like an evening out or indulge on a delicious meal.
Have family meetings
Family meetings offer a great time to share various activities. This is the best time to check in with each other and find out how everyone is doing. It also offers a great platform where you can air your views, pains, grievances and anything else you are going through without being judged. It is in the family meetings you can get all the love and reassurance you need to concur the challenges you are going through.
Also, take advantage of family meetings to plan for future such meetings and discuss matters that will continue to strength your family bond such as family goals and what you can do differently. You can also share great ideas that will make family times enjoyable such as an adventurous road trip, a family vacation and the like.
Begin these family meetings with a welcome not and appreciate the members for honoring the meeting including the children. If your family is larger, it is important to give a chance to any member who has an issue or an agenda they want discussed. There may also be the need to establish some guidelines of how the meeting will be conducted for efficiency. The main goal of these family meetings should be to bring you closer and help you solve family issues with respect.
Spend special days together
It is amazing to celebrate your birthday or your graduation day with your friends but it’s even merrier if you have your family around you. You feel a sense of belonging and the love they shower you with is just epic. Hence, make it your business to appreciate other family member’s special days. Grandpa will feel more than special if you surprised him on his birthday.
Take advantage of such special days to plan for a family vacation. For instance, you can decide that on your anniversary days, you will always take a trip to a new destination. Remember to involve the kids in the decision making process as well. They also have something to contribute. When choosing the destination, do enough research about it to avoid surprises. Plan in advance and carry everything you think you will need. During such vacations, spend as much time as you can together. By the time you are coming back, your family bond will have gone to higher level.
Benefits of strong family ties
- Every member of the family is more confident, stronger and healthier
- Children are likely to perform better in school and stay out of trouble
- Family members will have open communication lines
- The needs of each family member will be met easily
- Family members will enjoy every moment they spent together
The strong families
Every family can create a strong bond if they put in time and effort. It’s not about spending billions to make your folks happy but appreciating them and recognizing those special moments. Whether you can, create time to be with your family. Treat them as the most important people in your life because that’s what they are.