5 Ideas To Help You Connect With Your KidsMarlene Griffith
The irony of our constantly online, social media driven, modern society is that families often find themselves in a struggle to stay connected. But it’s vitally important for families to find ways to connect with each other, especially parents with their kids. Below are a few ideas to help you connect even when you find everyone at home is moving in different directions.
1. Have Family Discussions at Mealtimes
Aim to have at least two nights a week when the whole family sits at the dinner table for dinner. During this time, turn all electronics off and focus on each other. Have a few good conversation starters to get the dialogue going. Keep it light like silly jokes or stories. Maybe talk about upcoming plans for a trip or a family outing. Or get a bit more serious by discussing the latest family movie you watched.
2. Let The Kids Cook
My favorite choice here is to let the kids cook breakfast on a Saturday morning. This can get messy. In fact, it probably will get messy. But just roll with it.
I like to plop myself up on the counter and let them go at it. You’d be shocked at the fun recipe ideas they come up with! This is a great time filled with laughter, creativity, and memories are being made!
3. Ask Your Kids to Teach You Something
It can be anything. A good place to start is to have them teach you about something they are passionate about whether that’s a new video game, the latest social media platform, or how to use a hoverboard.
4. Read Aloud
We still read to our children long after they can read independently. Grab some books at your local library if you don’t have something suitable in your home. We like to read classic stories, but you can also choose historical novels that go along with your history studies.
5. Family Outings
Regardless of what our budget has been, we always try to take one night or day out of each month for a family outing with the kids. We do something together that we all love to do. It may be something as simple as going out for ice-cream and then feeding the ducks at a local park. During the holidays we go for a December carriage ride. Scope out your town’s calendar and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of free and cheap things to do!
Though these things appear to be simple, that’s okay. In fact, it should be this way. When we try to make a huge event out of everything, we risk losing sight of what really matters. Family connectedness is built slowly through consistently positive interactions.