Our beloved families are the closest
network we have, so reinforcing our bonds with them is essential. Some
activities are particularly effective at enhancing ties between family members
and improving our relationships. Here are some fun things to do with your
family to forge deeper bonds.
Biking or Walking
One of the least costly activities is walking or biking around your
local area for half an hour or so every day. Families can do this early morning
before going their separate ways, or after dinner to enjoy the early evening. Walks
may be enlivened by laughter and anecdotes from the day’s events, making this
an excellent bonding exercise.
If the children are still young, bedtime reading is a brilliant way for
the family to bond. Children are bound to ask questions and make endearing comments
as parents dramatically tell a story. This activity creates a loving bond
between parents and children.
Shopping for clothes, household goods and even groceries can be great
fun. Families can debate over different items before making their final
purchase, followed by a nice cup of coffee and a snack before heading back for
round two of the shopping trip.
At the weekend, mum or dad can assume the role of head chef and organize
the family into a team to create a meal together. Children can be asked to do
various tasks according to their age: from shopping to slicing and blending,
avoiding dangerous tasks requiring the oven. This activity is fun for everyone,
and the entire family will be eager to devour the results of their shared
effort. Continuing the sense of teamwork, the post-meal tasks should also be
divided up, assigning team members to clear the table and wash the dishes, maybe
even rewarding the best team member.
Exercising at the Gym
If either of the parents regularly goes to the gym for exercise or a
class, they should consider taking the children. After seeking assistance from
the trainer there, the family can enjoy a communal workout regime. This will
create a healthily competitive atmosphere, as well as a lot of fun.
Parents can encourage this activity by allocating a day during the
weekend when they take the children to a home for the elderly or a hospital to
witness and support these segments of society. This will teach children to
remain positive and assist wherever they can. It will build a trusting
relationship between parents and children, by reaffirming how helping people is
During the weekend or holidays, families can spend some of their free
time playing a game of dominoes, cards or multiplayer computer games. Children
can take pleasure in teaching their parents the basics of online gaming, giving
themselves a good laugh and boosting their confidence by being the source of
knowledge for a change. Parents can also get a gist of how safe their
children’s online use is, and relax as these activities are practised indoors.
What is wrong with swapping the busy shopping centre for a good old
picnic in the park? Families can really bond together enjoying the fresh grass,
cool breeze and filling foods that they prepared together. Such picnics often feature
a kick-around with a football, plenty of cheering and snapshots of precious
Wouldn’t it be fun for parents and children to take a course in a
subject they are all passionate about? From French classes to tennis or piano
lessons – nowadays there are plenty of options. The family can attend the classes
and then practise together to share more time interacting in something they all
Movie or Theatre Night in the Winter
When the cold of winter approaches, this is a perfect choice. What could
beat a new film or light-hearted play to brighten up the greyness of the
weather? Take in some hot drinks and snacks and bond together in warmth and