Today, spending time with your family has become increasingly difficult—and technology is largely to blame.
Sure, you can have perpetually busy schedules and at times, your timetables do not really align that you would even find yourself working the weekends off. However, once you do get some downtime to spend with them, you, your kids and your partner would find yourselves needlessly distracted by your smartphones, tabs or laptops. Spending quality time is more than just being physically present, it means being mentally there for your family as well. It means engaging with them, interacting and socializing with them. After all, your efforts in reconnecting with each other would all be for naught if every single one of you would have their face permanently plastered to a device screen. The more time you dedicate to spending with your family, the better your chances are for cultivating a meaningful and loving relationship with them.
Yes, it has become increasingly difficult to find a proper time wherein everyone can be together but once you get that chance, try to leave the devices at home and be physically and mentally present. If you have any upcoming weekends slated for a getaway with your family, do plan an itinerary that everyone can enjoy. Whether you would be bringing them to Vermosa or even to your local park, it is always best to have a well-thought out plan. After all, you might as well make the most out of your time now that you have finally found an instance wherein you can all be together. Here are some of the things you can do on a weekend with your family:
- Beach Day
If you and your family are big fans of soaking up the sun, cool off on weekend spent at the beach. Take them to the nearest beach in town or better yet, schedule a road trip day dedicated for a day at the beach. Apart from taking a dip in the ocean, being at the beach opens up a myriad of activities you can do with your family. From building sandcastles together to engaging in a game of beach volleyball, there are quite a lot of things to do while there.
- Theme Parks
Do you have a penchant for adventure? Do you get high from an adrenaline rush? Well then, maybe visiting theme parks might be more of your speed. Take your family out to the nearest theme park and enjoy fun activities while there. Enjoy a round of friendly competitive play with them and tally points with them. Make the stakes even higher by imposing a consequence for the losing team. Amplify the fun by inviting your children’s friends, their cousins or your relatives. The more persons involved the merrier and more enjoyable it would be.
Another great way to spend time with your family and indulge your penchant for the great outdoors is to go camping with them. So go ahead, pack up, take your tent, build a campfire and gather your family around. There is a myriad of activities you can do by the campfire from sharing stories to roasting marshmallows. Moreover, the experience can be quite educational to your kids. Apart from teaching them how to rough it in the outdoors, they can also get up close and personal to nature. You can even make the experience even more enjoyable by asking them to identify animals or insect noises.
If you do not want to put up with the hassle of driving through the traffic, you can choose to spend time with your family at home. After all, home activities do not necessarily have to be boring as there are plenty of ways to spice up and ordinary weekend at home. A good example is to hold a barbecue party—especially if you and your family are big fans of grilled food and love hanging out outdoors. Invite your neighbors, friends and relatives if you wish for a bigger affair. While it might momentarily make you and your family busy with all the arrangements being made, you would certainly bond over the preparation stage.