One of the best things a family can do together is play together. If you haven’t done this in awhile, or if you have never done this, it might be awkward at first.
Some of your family members might even temporarily hate you for making them spend time together, but they desperately need that time with you.
Today’s family is so busy running from one soccer practice to the next that they hardly spend any quality time together. And since the average 9-year-old has a cell phone, although your family may all be in the same room at the same time, you might not be experiencing quality communication and bonding.
My suggestion, turn off all of the phone, computers, etc. and get outside and enjoy your city.
My challenge to you is this:
Today, spend a couple hours with your family outside doing something that doesn’t cost anything (aside from gas money to get there).
Drive to a beach and look for sea shells, go for a walk, ride your bikes and scooters, throw a ball, go for an adventure, a night hike, play a game of Wiffle baseball at a park, or street tennis. Play horseshoes, bocci ball, ping pong, foosball, or soccer. Throw around the football, but the point is, do something fun with your kids. Help create memories that will stick with them and will show them what it looks like to interact with a family and have fun doing it!
If you haven’t been active like this, you will all be a little tired and hungry, so to avoid fights breaking out in the afternoon, make sure everyone has had enough to eat and a nap if needed.
Start building in “old fashioned” play time with your kids, talk to them, encourage them, and you will see something really great happen in your family and even in you.