It’s a new year, and it’s time to reflect on what matters most in our lives. Whether you’re into New Year’s resolutions or not, a great goal for 2021 is to make quality family time a priority.
We all spent a lot more time at home in 2020 than in previous years, but has that time been spent together or isolated in separate rooms of the house? Spending too much time on our devices or alone in our rooms on social media can increase loneliness in people of all ages. Reminding each other to have daily in-person social interactions will help us all feel happier in our lives. Family time is a great way to increase happiness, interact and build social emotional learning skills.
You could set a goal to spend the entire Saturday together doing a family activity, or build in two hours every weeknight to spend time together. You decide when and how you make these goals happen!
This is a great strategy for anyone looking to reclaim some of their time, and parents and kids can both benefit from it. Set a time limit on use of your computer, video games, television and cell phone. You can limit use of those devices to certain hours of the day, say before 7 p.m. on weeknights, or put an hourly cap on time spent with the device itself. If you’re done with work at a certain time every day, be done with work at that time and don’t look at your emails again until the next morning. Time after you’re off the clock is for the family or yourself.
No matter the season, there’s a plethora of activities you and your family can do outside, and many of them are free. Taking a walk or a hike is possible any time of the year.
During winter you may need to bundle up more and wear crampons on your boots to prevent yourself from slipping, but you can still get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Look up local hikes near you, or visit a city park and stretch your legs. The sunshine will give you a boost of vitamin D, and the fresh air will do you good. In spring and summer, your options expand as you can play more sports outside, swim or go for family bike rides. Lorena Romo at Porch.com has some great recommendations for other Fun Outdoor Activities To Do At Home.
Instead of spending your time alone making dinner every night, invite the kids into the kitchen to help you. Give them easy tasks to complete that will help you get dinner ready faster. If they’re not old enough to help, set them up at the kitchen counter with some crayons and coloring pages and talk to them while you’re preparing the meal. Cooking and eating is a daily task, but you don’t have to do it alone. Talking with your kids while you cook is a great way to decompress from the day, and connect with each other.
Board games, card games and sports are great ways to pass the time without devices. Start a weekly board game night and rotate who picks the game each week. Or get a round of horse going with the basketball hoop in your driveway. Playing games teaches kids to learn how to lose, how to win and how to have fun with the process of playing — all important skills to carry with them through life.
If you have little kids around the house, plan to read a story together every night. If your kids are old enough to read, pick a longer book to read together and have them practice reading some, and then you read some. If your house is full of older children, let everyone pick their own book and do some silent reading in the same room. Reading at home helps with reading comprehension levels at school. Instilling a love of reading at a young age is important, and you can check out books for free from your local library!
Tagged:- family activities, family fun, family time
Sometimes a walk in the park can be a bit boring. Depending on where you walk you pass the same looking brown tree, green bush, or even plain white house. When you have nothing to do on your walk it is boring, so why not change it up a bit. It takes a bit of […]
arts and crafts
Meow, meow, meow! Looking to throw the purrfect spa playdate? You don’t need a special reason to pampurr yourself and your fur-ends, but a special paw-ty plan wouldn’t hurt! Spa playdates are good for de-stressing from any cat-tastrophes that happened in your day and remembering that pawsitivity is the meowst helpful approach to life. Plus, […]
It’s sprinkle time! Well, actually, according to Cakey Cat, all the time is sprinkle time. (For the record, we agree 100%!) So, if you and your fur-ends are planning to throw a sprinkle party like Cakey, you’ll need some cat-tastic dishes to prepare. Here are five sprinkly treat recipes that’ll make your tummy say “yummy!” […]
If you’re a seasoned camper, you know the great outdoors are a big part of camp fun, games, and the overall experience. But summer can get very hot一sometimes too hot一for open-air activities. That’s when these five flashlight games can come in handy! If you find it’s too buggy or scary to play outside so late […]
arts and crafts
Want to make your room fun and magical like Gabby’s? We have some ideas! According to our pur-ception, Gabby’s room has lots of decorations, and most of them look like they were handcrafted by Gabby herself! (Of course, it’s paw-sibble her fur-ends gave her a hand… or a paw!) Our tips encourage you to get […]
arts and crafts (19)
Camp Lunchables (1)
camp stories (8)
camp traditions (14)
family activities (37)
featured camps (10)
outdoor adventure (14)