We often hear how important it is to spend time together as a family. Most families today find it difficult to carve out that time from their busy schedules. Mine is no exception. Even though we try hard to build margin into our schedule, there are weeks it seems more like we are passing ships than connecting as a family.
So how can we build family relationships, have fun, and not stress out about making it happen? For us, the answer is to be intentional and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. We try to do something together each week, but because my husband’s work schedule is a little unpredictable, we have to be flexible. A set night each week does not work well for us. If we have a Saturday that ends up free we might take off and enjoy a day trip to a historical site. If we have an hour free one night, we might play a game. Sometimes, it is as simple as playing balloon volleyball for 15 minutes after dinner.
The important thing is to find what works for your family. Would you be more likely to stick to it if you have a scheduled time each week? Or do you need to be more flexible and take advantage of opportunities throughout the week? Find what works for your family so that you can enjoy time together and not be stressed about making it happen.
15 Activities to Encourage Family Relationships
Below are 15 of our favorite activities. Most require very little advanced planning. The activities range in cost and time commitment.
1. Have a game night
2. Go star gazing
3. Play balloon volleyball
4. Go on a hike or walk
5. Complete a home improvement project
6. Take a local field trip
7. Read a story
8. Plant a garden or flower box
9. Play a sport together (kickball, baseball, soccer, tag, basketball)
10. Build with LEGOs
11. Go for a bike ride
12. Serve together at a local food bank
13. Browse at the bookstore
14. Cook a meal
15. Assemble a puzzle
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