All year round, it’s important to carve out time to spend with family. But with the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to find more ways to spend time together. Everything doesn’t always have to be a huge, planned out gesture. There are plenty of little ways your family can bond this time of year.
Have dinner together
Something that you can easily add to your daily routine is to make sure your family has dinner together. As crazy as everyone’s schedules can be, a nightly family dinner ensures that you’ll end every day together. Set a time for your meal that everyone can commit to where there will be no conflicts. You can sit down at the dining room table together, reflect on how each person’s day went, and really connect over your conversation. After you’ve finished eating, don’t stop there. Head back to the kitchen and have your kids help you make a triple chocolate zucchini loaf for dessert. They’ll love the chance to be your little helpers, and everyone will enjoy the end product!
Exercise should be a part of your entire family’s routine, so why not make it a family activity? Whether you decide to head out for a walk after dinner or go for a bike ride on the weekend, finding a way to get the whole family to sweat it out is good for your soul and for your heart! Not every exercise needs to be a full out run; you can find easy and fun ways to get your heart rate up with your family. Have a dance party or do yard work. As long as you’re doing it together, it’s a win for everybody!
Watch movies together
At the end of a busy day, it’s possible that most of your family members are going to need a break, and that’s okay. However, that doesn’t mean you all need to go to separate rooms to unwind. Make your living room your safe space and schedule a weekly movie night that everyone will enjoy. Stream wholesome family movies and relax on the couch before bed. You can surely find something suitable for everyone in the family, which is why it’s such a great family activity. Your kids will look forward to this weekly activity so much, and so will you!
While you may already have ways you like to volunteer in your community, it’s important to teach your kids about the importance of giving back. There are plenty of ways to volunteer with your kids, so get started! Visit a nursing home or organize a food drive. Your kids will see how good you can make others feel just by donating a small amount of your time and effort. And they won’t only make the people they’re helping feel good; they’ll feel accomplished by making a difference in someone’s life.
Find a hobby
A simple way to ensure you spend more time as a family is by finding a hobby that everyone can enjoy together. You can explore options for what you and your girls can do together, like scrapbooking or tending to a garden. Once you find an activity that you can bond over, spending time together won’t require any effort at all. Your common hobby will bring you closer together and that is something you can carry throughout the years with your children.