4 Bonding Activities That Double As Life Lessons

Mom bonding with son
Parents use bonding activities to help teach their kids. Pxhere photo, CC0 Public Domain.
Mom bonding with son
Parents use bonding activities to help teach their kids. Pxhere photo, CC0 Public Domain.

Parenting is an all-encompassing role. Right, you may not have a teaching degree, but you sure as hell have to be an educator. It won’t be in the same way as a teacher at their school. Let’s face it – you’re not going to get into the nitty-gritty of Pythagoras’ theorem. Some things will and should stay in the classroom. Still, kids need to learn about life from their role models, which is where you come into play. Teaching can be difficult, which is why plenty of moms and dads use bonding activities to help. For inspiration, take a look at the list below.


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 a pot of onions 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 up a storm, they may never leave the house and that is a frightening thought. 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 but without the cussing!


Anyone with young boys should seriously consider doing this from time to time. Obviously, don’t advertise it as a date or else they won’t show and it will be a waste of time. Plus, we’ve all been stood up before and no one wants to experience it from their son! 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 with waiters and waitresses. The women in their life will thank you a million times over down the road.

Cooking is a great skill to learn at home
Making a meal is a part of becoming more independent. U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder.


So, there aren’t too many people that do either in this modern day and age. However, if you have a skill, don’t let it go to waste; pass it on! To start with, being able 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, it 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. This time, the environment will thank you for your service.


Parents and children 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. Http://www.cyclingweekly.com details the benefits of cycling yet going for a slow ride isn’t going to help your kids. Instead, a race will get the adrenaline pumping and burn calories. Even better, it should make exercise fun and encourage them to do it more often. Child obesity is growing, but sports can help.

Sports like cycling can reduce childhood obesity
Make exercise more fun with a cycling race with your kids. Pixabay photo, CC0.

What activities do you and your children do to bond?



  1. My kids are grown, but my spouse and boys learned snowboarding together and every winter went to the mountain together, all of them eventually working there. The experience was a positive one.

  2. I like all 4. I think going on dates with your significant other is a big one. We recently took dancing lessons with my husband and it was the best thing we’ve ever done.

  3. My wife and I recently separated, as you know from my older articles, Christy, but I still visit the kids from time to time, even if they’re not my actual children. I bonded more in the last months with my stepson than in the last six years. We spent time cooking and trying to make pancakes for the first time and it worked.
    You never know what life has prepared for you.

  4. My older girls and I would do “beauty night” where I would try out new hairstyles on them, paint their nails and we would talk. Those were some of the best times to have parenting conversations about peer pressure, dating and how to act classy instead of trashy. It was aslo a good way for me to have them tell me about their friends and things they were dealing with in school etc.

  5. Great post Christy,

    I play video games with my son, because we booth love them. I am teaching him on this way that in the game but also in the life should do its best, and that is everything you can do. Do your best and forget the rest !

    Thank you

  6. I used to help my mother in the kitchen when I was a kid, and now when I’m home I cook and she helps. She taught me how to sew and I used to make dresses for my dolls with the remains of pieces of cloth that were used to stitch mine. And my father taught me to play football. I now always watch football with him and we almost always discuss football matches when we talk on the phone.

  7. I love this ❤️ Actually never got to do much of these activities with either one of my parents. We did things here and there but not to it’s full entirety, which is something that as children we really do need. I hope when I have kids of my own, to explore and have fun with them 🙂

  8. I did all of these things with my sons when they were little. But one of the things they loved and remembered the most was when we decided to sleep outside on the trampoline together! I was in the middle (and the heaviest) so they were both plastered against me all night. We stayed up late and looked at the stars and talked astronomy. It was wonderful.

  9. Great post, Christy! When our kids were little, I baked with them, and as a family, we went bike riding, camping, backpacking and hiking. Introducing the outdoors and nature to them was important to my husband and I. We even played board games together when staying indoors was the better option. To this day, my kids (now young adults) continue their love for the outdoors…wonderful memories!

  10. These are all great suggestions, but my favourite is cooking. There is so much to learn: language, literacy, maths, science – not to mention independence.

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