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Unite Under One Banner – 4 Ways to Bring the Family Together

In a world full of distraction, it’s hard to get a family together for quality time. Most parents know it’s a struggle to keep everyone from social media long enough to talk. Many don’t realize the powerful effect teamwork can have in solving this problem. Once families actually come together, hearts change and memories are made. Here are four exciting ways for families to create special moments together.

Make Dinnertime Special

Dinner is often the one thing that can draw people from their bedrooms. Keep them out longer by turning dinnertime into a group project. Give everyone ways to participate in cooking a family favorite. Have heart-to-heart talks during dinner, because these will strengthen bonds. Before long, everyone will look forward to table talk.

Share the Housework

No one really likes doing housework, but it doesn’t have to be a burden. Let everyone take responsibility for the family living space, looking after it as a team. Attend workshops where you can learn household skills such as home décor or plumbing. Plumbing is an especially important part of housework, because it is constantly being used. Professionals, like those at Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, know that keeping your home safe and sanitary is important. After all, a clean home is a happy home.  Taking care of the house together can be incredibly rewarding. Before long, chores will feel like missions to accomplish. Not only that, but everyone coming together will make the house feel like home.

Watch Movies Together

There’s a reason movie night is so popular: It allows people of all ages to gather round the television, watching adventures over popcorn. If you want to get more out of movie night, personalize it by letting people take turns picking films. Discuss the movie together, and find the moral of the story. If everyone draws a different conclusion, encourage them to explain their stance. It’s important for everyone to feel that their opinion matters.

Go On Adventures

Plan family outings with enough time for excitement to build. It doesn’t have to be summer vacation—adventure can be found at any time of the year. Go on expeditions to discover local shops, or hike in the woods when everything’s golden in the fall. You could even do work to raise funds for a local charity. There is so much to gain by working as a group to make a difference in the community.

Our lives depend so heavily on the Internet these days; we’ve grown accustomed to isolation behind a computer screen. However, there will always be longing for companionship. Families can break through this distraction, creating healthy environments and memories that will last.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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