Include Your Family in Your Errands
Going to the post office or heading to the grocery store may seem like mundane task. But, it can be much more fun when you get your family in on the errand.
Let your children pick the stamps with their favorite cartoon characters on them at the post office. If you've got a few packages to mail to family and friends, let your children who have learned or are learning to write fill out the postage labels. The endearing look of a child's handwriting is sure to warm the hearts of the loved ones who receive the package.
Take your children to the grocery store and give them each a small list of items. Set the timer on your phone or watch and give each child five minutes to pick up the items and bring them back to the grocery cart. Allow the child who brings the foods on their list to the cart the fastest to pick the entree for the
night's dinner. Give the other children the privilege of choosing the side dishes and dessert. This not only makes grocery shopping more fun, but gives you another family-oriented activity to look forward to later on.
Have Dinner--and a Movie
Traditional family dinners are becoming rare due to everyone's hectic schedules. You may have to work late a few nights a week, your spouse may have important meetings to attend, and your kids are likely exhausted after going to after-school activities like sports practices and dance classes. You can make family time a fun event by scheduling dinner and a movie at home.
Put together a menu that will give everyone a fun task to complete for the meal. "Assembly" dinners like tacos, burgers, or pastas with a variety of sauce choices are ideal. Create a playlist to listen to while you're cooking that includes songs of each of your family members' favorite artists. Select a movie that encourages family togetherness and has lots of funny moments.
Enjoy dinner together as you engage in conversation about your day and give everyone a chance to speak. Then clear the dishes, give everyone a blanket and an ice cream float or cup of hot chocolate (depending on the season) and let the movie begin.
Cooking dinner together is a great way to turn an essential task into a bonding experience.
One of the best ways to bond with your family and spend more time with them is to learn new things together. While it's important to have alone time when you can to recharge and clear your head, show your loved ones that you enjoy having them around by inviting them to do something interesting with you. If your daughter has become more health conscious lately, sign up for a yoga or Pilates class the two of you can take together. If both you and your son want to learn a new language, take a foreign language course at the local community college together. Bonding over your common interests will give you a new respect and admiration for each other, and your time together will be especially productive.
Having enriching experiences with your loved ones makes for a happier and well-balanced family. It may not be possible to magically add more hours to your day, but you can incorporate more family time into typical routine activities. And when you do that you increase the quality time you have with your loved ones and multiply the rewarding moments you get to share together.
Tamiya King has been writing for over a decade. Her works include family and health-related articles, as well as beauty and fashion tips for the everyday woman. She possesses a B.A. in English with a minor in communications, and continually pursues education training and opportunities that will enhance her writing and editing abilities. Her hobbies include cooking, writing and presenting music and poetry, and interior decorating.