Many families think that the best time to spend quality time together is during the major holidays. Nevertheless, setting aside time every day to bond with your children is the best way to become close to them and have healthier dynamics at home.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Have you ever asked yourself how to make family bonding time memorable? The truth is that you don't always need to go on vacations to have a closer relationship with your loved ones. Although it can be challenging to schedule family time, it is as important as making time for the gym or hanging out with friends.
Here's a list of engaging and simple daily activities that you can do with your children and spouse to spend more time together.
Enjoy Family Meals
A study titled "Eating together as a family helps children feel better, physically and mentally," conducted by the University of Montreal in 2017, revealed that families that eat together in a mindful environment tend to be happier and healthier. Home-made food plays a crucial role, but connecting and de-stressing together is also vital to raise mentally strong and secure children. Cooking and eating are activities that people do daily. If you are a busy person, consider using this time to teach your loved ones how to prepare delicious meals and enjoy them together.
Complete Household Chores Together
Research by Kennedy-Moore revealed that housework increases positive mental health in adults and allows children to develop life skills. By doing chores together, the overall well-being of every member will increase. On the other hand, doing housework is a great opportunity to teach the youngest ones how to take care of a household while having fun. You can play some music or even dance while cleaning the house. Something as simple as watering a plant or organizing a messy bookshelf is a great start.
Write a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude has many benefits, including the improvement of your relationships with others. Keeping a gratitude journal takes a couple of minutes per day and is an excellent opportunity to spread positivity and share the things that make you happy with your loved ones. This way, everyone will have a chance to know each other better. You can practice gratitude as part of your morning routine before getting ready to go out. Writing down how much your loved ones mean to you will also allow you to appreciate the time you spend with them daily.
Spend Time Outside
From playing a sport together to walking, getting some fresh air will be an excellent activity to do with the family. You can explore the city together or your neighborhood in a more profound way. While going alone outside is recommended by therapists, making time to walk with your loved ones will make the most significant difference. Spending time outdoors is crucial to ensure a healthy lifestyle, especially when lockdown and travel limitations are more common.
Spending time with our loved ones is not as hard as it seems. Engaging in deep conversations or simply relaxing next to each other are great ways to bond with your family.