Summer is more than half over. Hopefully, you have enjoyed time off as a family and got to connect in ways that are hard when the schedule is typically full. Maybe you got to….
- stay up later and watch a movie with the kids,
- swim at the lake and teach the kids how to fish,
- play putt putt golf and the youngest was finally able to join in!
You get the picture, right?
But, how do you keep this wonderful “together time” going after vacation? If your goal is to continue having special times with the family after the summer, then you will be continuing to strength the family bond that was forged with time off this summer. Let’s take a closer look:
Strengthening the family bond can continue with activities that get incorporated into daily routines. For example, pick and chose which ones might work for your family and feel free to come up with some ideas of your own. Remember, it is the simple ideas that work. Consider adding rituals when you are together such as telling stories or sharing a joke at dinner.
Think out of the box for a moment: consider breakfast as an opportunity to share a meal. I know, I know – it’s a busy time of the day! Instead of rushing out the door in the morning, get up a few minutes early and actually eat together. It is worth it! Try preparing breakfast food (i.e.: smoothies, muffins, oatmeal) the night before so it is ready in the morning and everyone can actually sit down for a moment and eat.
Here’s another thought. Try sending notes periodically in lunch boxes. It’s an opportunity to bring a smile to someone’s lips and to remind them “someone is thinking about you.”
If you’re fresh out of ways to continue the togetherness of summertime, why not consider doing chores together? No, really!! Chores have to be done anyway, so make it a family effort. Make teams to tackle raking the lawn or cleaning the basement. Everyone has an assignment and when everyone is done at the end of the day, celebrate with a pizza party!
Remember Sunday dinners with the family? Bring out the china, the napkins, cook something special, and make it festive! In fact, schedule a special family night frequently where everyone is “unplugged.”
You get the picture…these are just a few ideas for you to consider. While you may initially think this is hard to do with everyone’s busy schedules, once you put something like this in place, you will quickly realize that the whole family benefits and really likes it a lot. Just remember: it is important that everyone has a voice on what the activities are and what the family does. Give it a try and please feel free to share your ideas on our Facebook page.