Family Time, Fun Time: 3 Unexpectedly Creative Ways to Be Closer to Your Child

Creative Ways to Bond with your Child

Creative Ways to Bond with your ChildThe truth about family life is just because people live in the same house doesn’t mean the emotional bond among them is guaranteed. This is why being close to your child has to be intentional — and the earlier you start (at a time when they’re much younger), the better.

Some parents find it difficult to spend time with their kids because they think of family time as something that requires grand gestures, travelling to an amusement park, or joining mommy-and-me cooking classes. The fact is you can bond with your child over the most mundane, simplest things. Here are some of them:

Prioritize meal times.

This is the most basic yet many families today tend to neglect it. Moms and dads are busy with work, while kids are glued to screens, so there’s never a time that families come together for a meal. The only solution for this is to make time.

An hour of breaking away from work or mobile games would definitely not hurt, right? Prioritize meal times together. Involve your kids in the food preparation. Take them with you to the grocery store and let them suggest your dinner meal. Use a bike for the family to make the trip to the store more fun.

Exercise together.

Speaking of biking, engage in physical activities together. Teach your kids to bike. When they already can ride, bike with them on weekends or when there’s no school. Just make sure you follow a safe route. Swimming is another fun activity. If you don’t have a pool in the yard, you can buy inflatable above ground pools. And again, prioritize safety when letting your kids swim. Beware of the fact that drowning doesn’t look like drowning, so keep an eye on your kids at all times.

Drive them to school.

Not just for the sake of doing your mom or dad duties. But the car ride to school would allow you to engage in conversation with them. Make the most of that time and ask them how they’re doing at school, who their friends are, and what they plan to do after class. Pay attention to your child’s needs when they tell stories. They may not acknowledge it always, but tweens and teens appreciate you listening to them.

Time spent with kids shouldn’t be bothersome. Take inspiration from these ideas as you intentionally build a relationship with your child.