TGIF! Who else looks forward to the end of the week? In some way, it means that we are closer to a time where the lockdown will be over, there will be a vaccine for the virus and the world will be free. It’s not wishful thinking, it’s possible. In the mean time how do you differentiate weekends from weekdays during this period? We can do that with bonding activities!
Our current reality is that during the week, everybody is in each others face or space in the house and tensions are rising. The parents are probably always shouting at the kids about school work, and enforcing rules and dishing out punishments. Then the kids are learning nonstop etc.
However, during weekends, we need to be intentional about letting our hair down, relaxing and spending time together as a family. Below are some bonding activities you can engage in this weekend.
First of all, put away all distractions!
If you decide to bond all through Saturday or for just a few hours, make sure you are intentional about it. When planning activities to enjoy with your family, remember the focus should be spending time together. Have all family members agree to set time aside for the activity. You can also decide to turn off all phones if necessary.
Ask for your children’s opinion
To make the most of your family time, you want to make sure that everyone is enjoying the activity at hand. Ask them what they will love you all to do, so that you can pick things that appeal to your family and their specific interests. You might just be surprised at what your kids really want to do with you.
See our suggestions below:
Have a lazy Day.
It can feel nice to just relax in front of a family-friendly movie, or play several rounds of competitive Monopoly or chess. Your family probably has some movies you like to watch during special occasions like Christmas etc. Watch it now. You can also watch new movies and relax or learn while doing it. Don’t forget to order for some popcorn and snacks.
Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of your children’s lives by making fitness fun. You can check YouTube or Google for kid friendly Zumba routines.
Eat at least one meal together
You can do this everyday or just once a week,whichever one works for your family. Commit to have at least one meal together as a family, as long as the children can talk it is a good idea to start setting up family meal time. Eating together is a good time for the family to come together and discuss things together as a family.
Take A Walk
Tired of being stuck at home? Take a walk. Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air can be a great stress reliever as well as a fun way to get everyone together to talk and enjoy the scenery. You can take a walk around your neighborhood or go to a park. Remember to wear protective gears and obey the rules of social distancing.
Create a Family Tree
Begin a family tree based on the information you have on hand. Ask the older kids to do some online research about the family history or write to older relatives to fill in the branches of the tree. Discuss the geographic and ethnic origins of the family and how they have influenced present day practices, beliefs and celebrations.
Teaching your children to pray and read the Bible daily is a good way to introduce spirituality to your children and teaching them about God. If you take the time to show them how important it is they will grow up making God their priority and making time for God. Practising to pray with the family builds their confidence and encourages them to pray.
What other bonding activities do you do as a family? Share with us.