Parenting is an all-encompassing role. While you might not have a teaching degree, you sure as hell have to be an educator. It won’t be in the same way as a teacher at their school though; you’re not going to get into the nitty-gritty of Pythagoras’ theorem, for example. Some things will and should stay in the classroom. Still, kids need to learn about life and more from their role models, which are likely their parents. Teaching can be difficult, which is why many parents share responsibilities and use family bonding activities to help illustrate life lessons. For inspiration, take a look at the list below.
1. Family Bonding over Cooking
There is nothing better than watching young children fall in love with cooking. Firstly, it’s an excellent way to keep them occupied when boredom hits. Children are restless and making a homemade stir-fry or another dish can be the perfect remedy.
More importantly, being able to make a meal is a part of becoming independent and self-sufficient. If they rely on you to cook instead, they might end up living off processed, microwavable foods as an adult and that’s very unhealthy.
In the beginning, teach them to follow a recipe and then let their creativity take over. You never know… they may be the next Gordon Ramsay, minus the swear words!
2. Parent-Child Dates
Anyone with young boys should seriously consider doing parent-child dates now and then as family bonding activities. Obviously, don’t advertise it as a date or else they won’t want to do it, likely thinking it’s “lame, mom.”
Instead, take them out to a nice restaurant for lunch and let them get familiar with the inner workings of a date. For example, prompt them to maintain a conversation and show them how to interact respectfully with the wait staff. Table manners are still important, in my opinion. The women in their life will thank you a million times over down the road.
3. Family Bonding Activities: Sewing
So, there aren’t too many people that sew their own clothes or other items today. However, if you have a skill, don’t let it go to waste – Pass it on to your kids! It’s another great one for this family bonding activities list.
Why? Firstly, the ability to fix clothes is a massive money-saver, as well as a potential money-maker. The people at http://stitchit.co/services have created a successful business out of a retro talent, which is a life lesson in itself.
Also, sewing teaches kids the value of trying hard to find a solution. The easy option is to throw clothes in the trash, but the hard choice is to recycle them. This time, the environment will thank you for your service.
Parents and kids often don’t play competitive sports together for obvious reasons. Still, you can add an element of rivalry to everyday situations. Take riding a bike, for example.
As Cycling Weekly explains, going for a slow ride isn’t going to help your kids. Instead, a race will get their adrenaline pumping and burn calories. Even better, family bonding activities like this one make exercise fun and encourage them to do it more often. Child obesity is growing, but sports can help.
What are some other family bonding activities?