The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of sharing quality experiences and becoming a loving family.
Now a days it has become very difficult to spend consistent, quality time with one’s family. We are so busy with our own personal lives that we hardly make time to talk and share experiences or stories with the members of our family. A strong family finds that opportunities for quality time emerge from quantity time. But then, only if you spend quality time with each member, a family becomes strong. So it is a catch-22 situation!
Why Is Family Time Necessary?
Spending time together strengthens the family bond, improves your child’s academic performance, help your kid’s develop parenting skills and less chance of violence, drug abuse and behavioral problems such as aggression, which is very common among children these days. Distractions such as the TV, video games and cell phones have kept families away from enjoying time with your near and dear ones.
Eating meals together, talking about the events of the day, sharing joys and defeats, doing household chores together and spending some evenings popping corn and watching movies are examples of shared activities. Some families schedule one evening every week for special family fun activities. Here is a list of family fun things that will help you have fun with your families and spend quality time with them.
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Best Ideas For Family Activities for Kids:
1. Home Video Night:
All kids love to see themselves when they were younger. Pop in a tape of their younger days or create a slideshow using pictures of them growing up. Parents wedding tapes also fascinate kids. Just make sure to fast-forward if your video is 6 hours long. The point is not to bore them to death!
2. Interactive Movie Night:
Watch a movie together as a family. A great way to keep this idea interactive includes watching a film with a controversial message and discussing it afterwards. This way the child learns value lessons as well. You can also watch age-appropriate documentaries about environmental or world issues, and stimulate discussion.
3. Engage In A Family Competition:
An art contest, may be? All it takes is some crayons, markers, paper, glue, tape and some odds and ends from around the house. When you involve your kids in a group task, you encourage feelings of self-esteem and competence. Make the task more memorable by giving a little prize to each kid, for his or her creation.
4. Cook And Eat:
Always remember the family who eats together, stays together. So make it a point to have a “Family Meal Night”, where you and everyone prepares food; you can even have a world cuisine day, and enjoy delicacies from various countries. This is a great lesson in teamwork and everyone will love the tasty meal cooked together. Encourage your child to come with her own dish, of course with you as a helper along the way!
Best Ideas For Outdoor Activities:
5. Lets Play:
Arrange for a cricket match with your old school friends. Or a tennis match, or even a Frisbee match! Ask your children to arrange a match for both the adults as well as the younger ones. This is one way that makes you have fun AND lose some much-needed kilos off your body! If you have the incentive, you can even ask for local sponsors and make this a neighborhood event.
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A barbecue is the best idea for outdoor activities. Invest in a small barbeque stove. Call your family members and prepare for a barbecue party. Each family can take up one responsibility; the one with the largest garden or open space can host the party. Family bonding activities are a great way to bond and a nice treat never hurts, does it?
7. Beach Day:
Take your entire family to the nearest beach in town. Make sand castles, take a dip in the water, play games on the beach. Going to the beach is super fun when you are with your family. You bond with them in a fun way. Collecting shells is also a very cool idea and you never know it may become a hobby?
8. Science Museum:
Visit your nearby museum with your family, which is going to satisfy your child inquisitive side, ranging from marine life to astrology and everything in between. Science museums concentrate on static display of objects, which is going to be loved by your kids. Art and city museums will improve your child’s aesthetic and general knowledge.
Best Ideas For The Weekend:
9. Board Games:
A fun-packed weekend needn’t cost a fortune. Board games such as scrabble are a great way to make the weekend fun for all members of the family. Remember the breathless excitement of those childhood Monopoly marathons? Dig out the old board games from the attic and teach a new generation to play.
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10. Visit A Zoo:
It is always fun to go see wild animals in the zoo! This is the kind of activity that is fun and serves all age groups. You could go to the nearest zoo or sanctuary in your city. It’s a great way to have a short break and helps you connect with nature.
11. Theme Parks:
Plan a trip to the nearest theme park on weekend. Invite your other family members to join you’ll for this trip. And hey, if your budget allows it, you can even plan for a trip of a life time and visit Disneyland! Remember, the more members, the merrier. Enjoy this fantastic trip!
Grab a tent and tell stories while sitting around the campfire. Ask your children to identify animals and the noises of insect or something interesting like collecting backyard materials for making a project. It is good to remind the children that fun doesn’t have to cost money.
There are a million and one ways to make time with your family, and we have given a few in this article. Spending time with your family is never a waste and is always going to build fond memories. It makes the house a cheerful place and helps improve communications between family members.
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