In today’s world, there’s no hiding that the traditional ways of spending time together as a family, are seen less and less among many of us. From electronics to friends, and from work to the gym, we lose sight of how important it is to stay connected with our family. Here are 4 simple steps you can take to become closer and stay connected as a family.
LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN.
So often, kids feel like they are not heard when it comes to their parents. After so many times of feeling like what they have to say has no importance, a lot of children will “shut down.” Instead of brushing off what your children have to say, take the time to sit and listen. If your child feels like their voice and opinion matters, the more likely they are to be open, speak their mind, and share their feelings amongst family.
CREATE A TRADITION.
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling around the holidays to spend time with your loved ones? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that time together, other than on holidays alone? Create a weekly or monthly tradition as a family. How about weekly movie nights as a family? Or a game of bowling on Friday evenings, no cellphones allowed? Spending that time together is a sure way to strengthen your bond as a family.
UNDERSTAND YOUR FAMILY.
Chances are, your teenage son or daughter are going to have a different taste in music than you. Not only music, but clothing, hairstyles, and much more. Instead of demanding them to turn their music down, or change their outfit, try to learn why they are interested in these things. Take turns one night a week and have your child play their favorite Song to the other family members. Afterwards, let them explain to you what it is they enjoy about that particular song or artists. You can do this with music, books, pictures, etc. This does not mean you have to like the same things, more so, to just learn about and understand one another better.
REMIND YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR THEM.
Whether it be a random “I Love You” text in the middle of the day, or a little note slipped under a door, reminding not only your children, but spouse as well, that you love and care for them, is a great way to connect with your loved ones. Also, sharing your feelings, encourages your children to share theirs as well.