When you and your family are juggling everything from work and school to various social activities, it can be easy to start feeling a bit disconnected. This is particularly true as your kids get older and they begin to have lives of their own that are more separate from you and your spouse.
Even though you know not to force things, it is still important to find ways of staying connected and feeling like a strong family unit. This can be a difficult task to accomplish when there is so much going on throughout the week for everyone.
If you are currently looking to find ways of feeling more connected as a family, there are some simple and practical things that you can do. Staying on the same page and finding opportunities to bond as a family might be easier than you think.
Below are some ideas, if you are looking to help your own family stay connected through all of the chaos and stress of daily life:
Take a Trip
The concept sounds simple enough, but many people find the idea of planning, organizing, and executing the perfect family vacation to be more stress and hassle than it is worth. While there is bound to be a bit of stress involved in the process, taking a trip together as a family might be the best thing you can do in order to reconnect.
The simple act of stepping away from the to-do lists and schedules in order to experience something new and fun together can help you all to feel much more bonded. Moreover, if you are able to limit the use of phones and other devices while you are away, you will be surprised to find how connected you all feel once again.
Make sure that you choose a vacation destination that has a little something for everyone. Check out a list of Branson attractions, for instance, to see if your perfect family vacation location includes ziplining and other fun attractions.
Have a Phone Free Dinner Policy
There is something to be said for the concept of sharing a family dinner each night. Even if you don’t have the time or the energy to cook up a big meal, simply sitting together at the table to enjoy a delivery pizza can provide you all with the opportunity to catch up on the day.
Take things a step further and initiate a “no phone” policy at the dinner table. This will help you to keep your mind off work for a while and help your kids to focus on the conversations at hand as opposed to those happening via text.
Don’t worry too much if you aren’t able to make a family dinner happen every night. There are bound to be evenings that are simply too busy and that get away from you all. However, by doing your best to have family dinners more often than not, you can enjoy the feeling of staying connected each and every day.
How do you stay connected with your family? Let us know in the comments below!
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