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Blended Family? How to Promote Bonding Everyday

As the economy gets tougher and demands more attention, time with family has become scarce. However, the majority of people still believe that family time is sacred. Getting to build a bond within family members is arguably one of the most treasured moments anyone could ever have in life. While some need a lot of preparation, strengthening family bonds doesn’t have to be complicated. So, here are a few tips that you can incorporate into your family time to promote bonding.

Do chores together occasionally

We understand chores aren’t everyone’s favorite things to do, especially for the little ones in the family. Chores are part of everybody’s daily life. They can be monotonous and hard at times, but if pooled together, these tasks can feel a little easier and even fun. Family is supposed to be a team, and you could easily put this into practice. For instance, you could rake the leaves together or perhaps clean out the garage junk while going down memory lane.

Plan for special family nights

If your family doesn’t have a family night where all members come together to have fun at least once a week or once a fortnight, make one. It could be a movie night or perhaps takeaway dinner night. Incorporate activities and games such as card games to make the night fun and one that everyone looks forward to. Consider chipping in new ideas for the family night to make it exciting.

Plan a trip together

What better way to live life than enjoying it with people you love? Plan a vacation, road trip, or getaway as a family to take off the pressure. Choose a destination you all agree with as a family to make it fun for everyone. Get the chance to experience new things such as culture, food, and activities. Make memories as a family out in the wild.

Have frequent family meetings

We understand that life can be hectic, and everyone is busy trying to figure their lives out. Family meetings are excellent set-ups that bring members of the family together to share their experiences and catch up with their loved ones. Solve family issues as one and include progress statements when every family member is present. Consider inviting over a family therapist or family attorney to guide you through healing journeys as a family in case of a tragedy.

Creating family bonds doesn’t have to be complicated and lengthy. Create simple routines and blend them with random activities to build treasured memories and family traditions that will last a lifetime.

Tim Esterdahl

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