A family that does activities together stays together. Plan a number of things to do when all members are gathered together. In order to keep members engaged, plan a variety of activities and outings. Here are six that will keep things fresh and family members looking forward to the next gathering.
Take a Hike
Staying active is a proven method of keeping depression away while making the body feel healthy and energized. It’s important for younger family members to learn good habits they can pass along to their offspring. If you don’t live by hiking trails, head to your city or state website to gather information on locations. Depending on the levels of athleticism and family budget, you can ‘up’ the level of activity by running or cycling together.
Many parents tell sons and daughters to be good people but fewer of them actually do something about it as a family. Rather than tell family members to be kind to others, take action and do charity work together. For example, family members can volunteer at a soup kitchen on the holidays, go to geriatric homes on the weekends, and collect canned foods for the homeless throughout the year.
Learn a Language
One of the grievances of those who want to learn a language is the availability of others who speak it. However, if the entire family learns a foreign language, there will always be another person around to practice. Taking the activity a step further, plan a family vacation to a destination where natives speak the learned language.
Play Board Games
Board games have been entertaining families and friends for decades. Games are a proven solution for boredom. A variety of tabletop games require math skills, creativity, artistic abilities, etc. Choose one or invest in a variety for family game nights. Be sure the games are appropriate for the age and mental capabilities of all members.
Every family member needs to eat so why not make it fun? Select one or several members to go to the grocery store and then cook a meal for the entire family. Rotate every week. Alternatively, use a recipe book to choose a few dishes the entire family prepare together. Some members can get the groceries, others can prep the food, and the rest can operate the oven, stovetop, etc. Also, if the weather permits, head to parks and other recreational areas for a full fledged cookout.
Head to the Mall
Who doesn’t like buying and receiving gifts? Decide upon a set amount of money each member gets to spend, pick names out of a hat, and shop for one another. It’s a fun way to spend the night together while showing how well you know one another. If you get bored of buying gifts for immediate family members, spend the time and resources on getting gifts for extended family members or friends of the family. Alternatively, choose a person outside of the family and see who buys the best gift before returning the other items.
Guest Blog Post By: Taylor Collier is a Dad of four, his kids ranging in age from 4 to 13. He encourages his family to have some quality non-tech time each week and likes to blog about his ideas and experiences on parenting sites.