10 Fun Activities to Bring Together Parents and ChildrenWednesday, January 11, 2017
Today I have a Guest Post for you from Susy Richards, a pregnancy researcher, freelance writer, and mommy blogger at Rocket Parents. She has a great list of activities to use to bond with your children. Take it away, Susy!
As your kid gets older, it's important that you spend more quality time with them so that the parent-child bond between the two of you remains strong and healthy. It can be hard for parents to understand what the newer generation likes and enjoys doing so, I've compiled a list here of the top 10 activities to bring together parents and their children.
1. Playing the Wii
Nintendo's fun console is a great addition to the living room that the whole family can enjoy together. Games for the Wii are specially designed with multiple players in mind, making them great for you and your children to play together. You can pick one up for pretty cheap now as it's an older, seventh generation console.
2. Bike Riding
Riding bikes together is a fun outdoor activity that isn't just relaxing and de-stressing but is also good exercise. You can teach your children the importance of fitness and healthy diet through biking too. Choose a scenic trail close to where you live and take your kids there for the weekend. You could even challenge each other to races.
3. Watching a Movie
Taking your kids to watch a movie they want is a good option to a bond with them. You can discuss the movie afterward and get to know your children's thought processes and perspectives more intimately.
4. Help Them to Study
With the world becoming more competitive, pressure to perform academically affects children today much more than it used to in our time. They need all the help and support they can get to do well. Helping your kid out with his studies is the perfect way to show him that you're always there for him. It'll also make him view you as smart and reliable. He'll trust you more.
5. Go Camping
Camping is an excellent outdoor activity that involves multiple steps. You need to plan when and where to go, pack appropriate clothes and prepare adequate food. You can get your kids to help you with every step. The camping trip itself is great for bonding, away from the comforts and distractions of modern life like electricity and the internet. It'll promote teamwork and trust as you'll require it to survive out there.
6. Visit an Amusement Park
Amusement parks are full of fun rides and activities that you can enjoy as a family. They're a great place to visit to take a break from the drudgery and monotony of everyday life. Every kid dreams of visiting Disneyland!
Cooking together is a fun hobby you can develop with your children. A variety of online resources can help you pick out recipes that would be easy and fun to cook or bake together. Ask your kids for their opinion on what they'd like to eat. Best of all, you'll end up with a delicious reward for your effort!
8. Develop a Common Hobby
Find where your and your kids' common interests lie and start working on a hobby together. Working on a hobby will build teamwork, trust, and understanding between you and your children. It's fun and productive to put effort into something you find interesting. Carpentry, pottery, painting and archery are some fun options for you to consider.
Swimming is an awesome way to cool off and relax in the summer. You more than likely have a swimming pool in your neighborhood or at a gym or club, making this one of the most accessible ways to spend quality time with your kids on this list. Who knows, your kid might even take up a keen interest in swimming as a sport and strive to swim competitively.
Going shopping is an easy way to treat your kids and spend time with them. You'll find out about their individual taste, preferences and their favorite brands. You can learn more about their choice of music at a music store, for example, and show an active interest in it. Ask them about their thoughts when buying household items like furniture to show that you value their opinion.
With so many options and ideas for activities you can partake in with your kids, all that's left for you is to make a genuine effort to connect with them. Nothing's more rewarding than being able to understand your children and have their trust. Take the time to build a healthy parent-child relationship, as moments you share together during your children's formative years will set the tone for later interactions throughout your life.
What are your favorite ways to bond with your kids? I love to read your comments!
Susy Richards is a lovely mother of 3 girls and a simple woman who is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who passed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. Susy is passionate about providing holistic care and is involved in pregnancy research currently publishing her articles concerning pregnancy on the site Rocket Parents.