Are you sick of feeling like your family is disjointed and not as close as you’d like it to be? It’s not an uncommon feeling to have, but there are things you can do to turn the situation around and make your family closer than ever.
Go on a road trip
Road trips can be a lot of fun! You’ll all be forced to share a space together for a certain amount of time, and this allows you to bond and build relationships in ways that might not always seem possible in your ordinary day to day lives.
You’ll also get to travel, learn about other cultures and generally spend time marveling at impressive landscapes, all while creating lasting memories!
Listen to each other more
Something as simple as listening to one another rather than just talking over each other can go a long way towards making your family a happier and more cohesive unit.
You’ll learn more about each other and become generally more attentive to each other’s needs when you’re listening to each other.
Get a family pet
Family pets can really bring your family together because it offers a new focal point and something you can enjoy as a family. Of course, there are plenty of practical issues to think about. You’ll have to learn about things like can dogs eat pineapple or fish sticks and how you train a dog that won’t seem to listen to you.
But if you can overcome all that, your dog will definitely be a catalyst for family bonding.
Create some family traditions
You could try to create your own family traditions that can be carried forward for years to come. It’s something that makes your family unique and can all share together.
Family traditions come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll eventually find your own traditions and quirks, and take real pride in them, knowing what you’re doing now will be passed down for generations to come.
Have a weekly family night
Dedicate at least one night of the week to a big family night that you spend together. Don’t let this stress you, it’s meant to be fun, easy, and relaxed.
You can stay in, watch a movie, play games, tell stories, do whatever you want. The only rule is that you all have to take part.
It’s only once a week, so it’s something that everyone in the family should be able to commit to if they try.
Cooking is not always done in a communal way, but maybe it should be. I often have helpers in the kitchen prepping, cooking, and cleaning up with me. Again, it’s the memory factor. My children are learning life skills and making memories at the same time.
In our family, food is always a centerpiece. Food is comfort.
Eat together as a family
Once you’ve cooked together, you should eat together! But really, this is something that you can do as a family whether you cook together or not. It’s all about sharing food in a communal way.
Ideally, you should sit down together as a family for breakfast because this is the ideal way for you all to start the day. And you should also try to do the same at the end of the day for your evening meal.