Of course this would be our very first tip and yes we are bias! This may seem like a tall ask and in homes where both mom and dad have full time jobs and the kids have crazy school schedules, it might even seem impossible. So instead of making this a daily activity, try incorporating baking one treat a week together, like on a Sunday. Baking together not only allows you to spend some quality time with each other without cell phones, iPads and other techy distractions but it also allows you to experience working together as a unit. Sometimes this can be frustrating in the beginning (especially for mom who has being doing this alone for years – okay in some cases dad) yet as you get in the groove of things, this is guaranteed to be something you look forward to doing together. (So is eating your goodies after!)
This is a ‘no brainer’ really. It’s far too easy for us to live past each other and to miss what’s going on in each other’s lives. Gobbling dinner down over textbooks or eating in front of the TV not only steals the joy from savouring your meal, but also robs you of the dinner-time conversation that keeps you engaged in each other’s lives and the daily goings-on. To get conversation started, practice playing the high-low game. Each person shares their high of the day and their low for the day, this creates a platform for your to really talk and bond. You can even get the kids involved in setting the dinner table beforehand! #Win
Heading into summer there is more reason to get this evening activity going. Put the dog on a leash, get the kids in their sneakers and take a stroll around your neighbourhood. It’s so great to get out and get moving together and is an excellent way to destress, reconnect and get some fresh air. You will be amazed at what this simple activity will do for your family’s overall wellbeing and closeness. Keep the pace comfortable and really enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Remember to breathe and relax!
This is the hardest out of the four to do. To find something that parents, teenagers and in some cases toddlers can all do together is no easy feat, yet the benefit is amazing. Growing together alongside each other as you get more experienced with your hobby is very fulfilling and really strengthens your bond. There are loads of things to choose from like learning to paddle, starting a Pilates class together or simply picking a craft activity that everyone can get in on (like creating your own art). What you do is not as important as doing it together and doing it consistently.
Strong, healthy, happy and united families are the cornerstone of our communities, society and nation so investing into staying close and staying strong will reap massive long-term value. Pick one of these activities or pick all four but whatever you do, don’t live past the ones who matter the most to you.
With love from our family, to yours.