Family moments are times to cherish because they help you build strong lifetime connections with young children in the family. Indeed, you cannot underestimate the importance of these meaningful family moments. Data indicates that American families only spend 37 minutes together daily. Moreover, many are unable to go for family vacations. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to create more meaningful moments with your family. Here are some ideas to consider.
- Designate a family “holiday.”
National and religious holidays are not the only moments to deliberately spend time with family members. If you are determined to create something special for your family, you will find it helpful to set aside a day to create family memories. It can be the last weekend of every month or the first weekend of every quarter. The exact dates will depend on you as the family head. However, it is important to consider other family members’ schedules as well.
To make this even more special, you can plan activities tailor-made to match each family member’s personality. Moreover, to create more hype ahead of this family ‘holiday,’ it would be a great idea to start a countdown about a week or ten days to the time. Apart from generating interest, the countdown helps family members psyche up for the ‘holiday.’
- Make family art
Art is an extensive field, and adopting it for your family could mean an endless supply of activities to choose from. It could be scrapbooks, family albums, framed hand and footprints with attached names, family T-shirts, etc. Speaking of the latter, it would be an excellent idea to create unique family T-shirts to commemorate special occasions. For instance, as the Lent season has already begun, you can start planning Easter shirt ideas for your family. You also can use this as an opportunity to design the artwork for the shirt together. Family art gives everyone the freedom to showcase their creativity. In another breath, it provides the intimate environment that fosters closeness, creates a long-lasting bond, and nurtures relationships.
- Plant a family garden
Statistics indicate that 40% of US households have gardens. However, not much data is available to provide insight into how many families maintain them as memorabilia. Family gardens provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in the process of growing flowers or vegetables. With young children, these are excellent opportunities to teach beneficial life lessons. Moreover, kids learn through play, and what better way to do this than maintaining a family garden?
Gardening can be as enjoyable as you make it. Furthermore, the garden can be used as a natural tool to build a sense of responsibility among younger family members. For example, by apportioning small garden spaces for each family member to tend to, you would have sowed the seeds of responsibility, patience, and other vital life lessons into them.
To conclude, the next time you intend to spend quality family moments together, perhaps, you may want to try out some of these ideas.