Homes are happiest when the people in them engage in common activities. This doesn’t mean that everyone in the house has to be into everything everyone else does; that would be impossible and ridiculous. It means that parents need to take the time to plan something both they and the kids can do together as a family.
Here’s are some activities to bring the people to the house together.
Teach the kids how to cook
Cooking together is always fun, regardless of how old the kids are. When kids are young, cooking is an adventure. Baking cakes and cookies are a real treat and give them something to look forward to, but it’s great to show them how to prepare nutritious meals.
Teaching kids how to cook involves them in a vital part of domestic life; they learn what it takes to feed a family, distinguish between junk and nutritious food, and develop a greater sense of responsibility. Teaching kids how to safely handle and respect knives and fires, as well as food hygiene, are valuable and transferable life lessons. It’ll also help them expand their palate. You’ll feel wonderful when you see empty plates with not a hint of vegetables trying to hide in uneaten rice.
Do something together
Do something that doesn’t involve a controller and a large screen. Jigsaw puzzles and coloring and activity books can be a very social activity, and many people can join in the fun. It can help a great deal in improving your kids’ attention to detail, as the primary task is to evaluate not only shapes but also image and color.
The pace of doing a jigsaw is far removed from the frenetic action of a video game, where finger twitch reaction means life or death of the character. A jigsaw allows participants to interact on a human timescale; conversations and topics can break spontaneously and be allowed to flourish. Completing a jigsaw is a bonus, but it need not be completed in one sitting for the family to enjoy it. A thousand-piece jigsaw can be left and be completed over numerous sittings and has a lot of replay value.
Play video games
Parents should join their kids when playing video games because it becomes a shared experience for them. So often, time on devices is carefully rationed and given as a reward for good behavior or performance in school, and this approach is perfectly legitimate. However, it can inflate the value of gaming and make it seem like the ultimate activity, as opposed to being just one activity kids can engage in.
Read with your kids
If you love reading but consider it as an activity you do for yourself, take the time to read aloud with your children. It makes them appreciate drama, tone, and even role-playing when you do voices and act out the stories you are reading. If they can read, you could ask them to read aloud so they can act out the story.
A home is not a hotel, and the more families engage in activities together, the happier the home. These are just a few of many activities that will draw family members together, and make them a stronger and more connected family unit.