Spending quality time with your family is crucial in staying connected with each other. As everyone is leading busier lives these days, it can often be difficult to find time to spend relaxing at home with the people you love.
Family time is important in making your kids feel loved, safe, and connected with the rest of the family and it should be a priority in your week.
While chilling out with your family and watching TV together is strictly time together, it’s not always quality time together.
To spend real time as a family, it’s good to find a variety of ways to hang out. Try activities that encourage you to talk, share and laugh together.
There are countless ways that you can move and be active with your kids and have fun together as a family without ever turning on a screen.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can get the family together at home without involving the TV:
1. Have A Dance Party
There’s nothing quite like plugging in the turntables, turning your speakers, and letting your hair down. Put on your favorite tunes and dance around the house with your kids.
This is a great way to connect with your kids and have some fun.
Have a dance-off, take turns playing DJ, and boogie the days away with your kids in the comfort of your own home.
2. Build A Fort
Every child needs to build a fort at one point or another. Most kids will never want to leave their fort once you have it built.
Spending time with your kids rearranging the furniture and having your own little adventure in the living room is a great way to spend some quality time making memories together as a family.
3. Read Together
When you’re all feeling tired after a long day, instead of turning on the TV and zoning out, why not spend some time relaxing together getting lost in your books.
Encouraging your children to read is a great way to increase their focus and improve their imagination.
Discuss your books together when you’re done so your children can share what they are enjoying about their new book.
4. Do An Art Project
Break out the crayons, glitter, glue, and crepe paper and get creative as a family. Use the materials to see who can do the best portrait of your house or who can make the best family flag.
Watching your kid’s imaginations run wild can be rewarding for parents and if your kids are struggling to come up with ideas, you can always jump in to help.
5. Family Play Time
Get out the skipping rope, kick around the footie, go cycling, dust off your roller skates, or do anything else that you and your kids enjoy.
Being active is important for your kids’ physical and mental health and exercising as a family will show your children just how much fun it can be to run around, play games, and stay active.
Be creative and have fun with your kids doing whatever you enjoy as a family.
Get Your Family Together And Have Some Real Fun!
Sitting around in front of the TV as a family isn’t the only option for spending time at home with family, and can cause issues when relied on too heavily, especially with young kids.
Get outdoors, play games, read, and have fun together.
Even mundane things like going for a walk, cleaning the house, or cooking dinner can be turned into fun games that will allow you and your family to spend more time together while allowing the kids an opportunity to have some new experiences.
Keep the TV turned off, spend more time together as a family away from screens and be happier, more relaxed, and healthier as a family going forward.