Families seem to be getting busier and busier as time marches on. A few decades ago it was far more customary for a family to sit down at the dinner table together every single night, while now with work, school, and technology it seems like they spend less time concerned with what is going on in each other’s lives.
This is all the more reason to find ways to get more family time, when you can all be together and enjoy each other’s company. It can be done simply over the dinner table, like the old days, or it can be something more. But when it comes to technology, you also want to make sure you are setting rules to adhere to in order to get the most out of your family time.
Have Dinner Together
Family meal time can be a very important time for a family, even if it only happens one night a week. You can spend this time dealing with family issues, smoothing over schedule conflicts, and just simply being together and finding out what everyone has been up to in their busy daily lives.
The biggest key to a functional family dinner is leaving the tech out of it. Have a strict no cell phones, not games, and no tablets rule at the dinner table. And the rule is in place until everyone’s done eating and dinner is completely finished. This ensures everyone’s participation in the discussion at hand.
Watch TV Together
Pick an educational TV show or movie to watch together, even just once a week. Then, after you’re done watching, actually take some time to discuss what you’ve just watch. Use it not only as an educational tool, but also as a family bonding tool.
Go For A Walk Together
So, you’ve all got some free time on the weekend, why not go for a nature hike together. Fresh air is great for everyone, and a little time in the sun can boost vitamin D in the body. Plus, when you’re walking you will have plenty of time to talk, and to explore. Make it educational and talk about the different types of plants and animals you see.
Speaking of exploring; another way to enjoy your family time is to get out and check out what your town has to offer. Children of all ages (yes, even adults) enjoy strolling through museums. Why not make an educational family out and check one out.
If you live in an area that hosts arts and culture festivals it can also be fun to take you family to those. Fun and educational, and you get some bonding time with the people that matter the most in your life.