Struggling to Bond? Top Activities to Help Your Family Grow Closer

Published Apr 21, 2017

It is important that a family is close and enjoys spending time together.

When it comes to family, it’s essential that everyone bonds together. Sometimes, you’ll have a child who doesn’t get along with another or a child who prefers one parent over the other. If this sounds familiar, then hopefully the below tips will be able to help you to foster a bonding relationship with your family.

Don't Be Too Judgmental of Others

It is easy for others to withdraw from you or have trouble holding a conversation when they think that you are judging them. In many cases, your children may be more prone to hide their true feelings about a problem in school or a problem with someone at work because they are worried about how you will react. That is why it is important that you show your children how much you love them no matter what they say or do. It is also important that you take the time to show your spouse or partner how much that he or she means to you on a regular basis as well. Sometimes, it may be more effective to have time reserved for a parent-child event or a night reserved just for the adults to develop those lines of communication.

Cultivate Similar Interests Among Family Members

If you are passionate about art, you should teach your child how to paint or take him or her to a museum. If you are interested in sports, you should teach your son or daughter how to throw a football or kick a soccer ball. By cultivating similar interests, the family has a reason to go to the park during the summer months or otherwise spend time together.

Ideally, you and your spouse will already have similar interests that build the basis for your relationship. If you feel like you are growing apart from that, you may want to find something new that everyone can do together. In some cases, that may mean finally indulging your significant other in a hobby that he or she has always wanted to explore further.

Dedicate a Night for Family Activities

The best way to ensure that everyone spends time together is to dedicate one night a week to being together as a family unit. Family activities may include spending time in hot tub spas, swimming in the pool or going to the park for a walk. You may also choose to watch a show, play a board game or rent a movie that everyone has been looking forward to seeing. 

Introduce an Animal to the Family

There are many great reasons to get a pet regardless of what that animal may be. Adopting a dog may be the perfect excuse to get outside more since it will need to be walked once or twice a day. Since they are pack animals, dogs want to be around everyone at the same time. 

This means that the family will need to spend time in the same room for its sake. However, you could also increase family unity by getting a bird, cat or any other animal that everyone would play a role in caring for. In addition to having a companion, your kids will learn what it means to be responsible for the welfare of something other than themselves.

If you don't have people who you can count on unconditionally, live isn't worth living. Therefore, make sure that you aren't taking your parents, children or spouse for granted, and make sure that you don't hold grudges over issues that probably don't matter in the long run.

Hannah Whittenly
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