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As families are spending less and less time together, especially as the children get older it gets harder to make sure you spend time together.
People are going in so many different directions, between school, sports, work and other obligations; even having a meal together can be a rarity.
Quality time with family has found itself in second place to all these other activities.
Firstly during writing this article Andrea and I debated using the phrase “fitting the time in”. Really you should not be fitting ‘family time’ in around everything else.
You should endeavour to change your mindset and priorities to fitting everything else around spending time with your family.
Spending quality family time together is very important.
Find a night where everyone is free, even if it's a week night. If you can't find at least one night a month that is free, it might be time to scale back on some of the other activities.
Once the time is scheduled in, it is time to decide what you all want to do. There are many activities that can be fun for the whole family.
Eat around the table with the telly OFF
This tips is a no cost but high return Family bonding activity. Family dinner (tea time if you live here in the UK) has traditionally been a very important time of day.
Even if you already have dinner together, try to make it extra special at least once a week
Family Time Fitness
Depending on how much time you have, and how frequently you can have a family night, consider a family sport activity. There are family bowling leagues, as well as softball and other sports. Or if you have a membership at the local pool, go swimming together. Take a walk or bike ride.
If your family has the time to go on vacation;
Have a family slumber party.
Get out the sleeping bags, pillows and pop some popcorn.
We all instinctively know the importance of family time and it's benefits of bonding with your family. It may take some effort and a little forethought but family life will be enhanced by making the most of these family bonding activities.
Make family bonding activities part of your plan
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