Iím pretty sure that many of us fantasized of having a big happy family when we were little boys and girls. Now, that we are all grown up with two children in school and the little one still in kindergarten, we sometimes barely have any time to see them from all the exhausting work we have to do. Not many people have the time to eat breakfast in the morning like a family. We are out at work most of the day, and the only time we really get together is at the dinner, when everyone is exhausted from the long day they had.
It is really important for the family to get together at least once a week so that members can dedicate some time to each other. Asides from sharing and talking about what is going on in everyoneís lives, there are various activities you could all do to have fun, both young and adults.
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Weekends are a perfect time to spend with your family. You can have that morning coffee together, go to farmerís market to get some groceries, and even teach your children how to cook, so think about preparing the lunch together. Also, if the weather is nice, you can finally throw a barbecue party in the backyard. Your little ones can run around and play with the family pet, while you are enjoying the spring sun. Think about some sports activities, grab a ball and play a casual game of volleyball or hoops if you have one in your backyard.
From time to time you could encourage your family to change location and get away from the house. Donít worry if it seems like you canít afford it, as the trip does not have to be a long-distance one. You can simply go to the park on a sunny afternoon where your kids can play on a playground or hop on your bicycles with a picnic basket and get out of town and away from the traffic noise for a day. You can also go fishing to the nearest lake or a river. Not only is it a relaxing activity, itís also an opportunity to spend some quality time and strengthen the bonds.
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On the other hand, if the weather is terrible and leaving the house is not an option, there are numerous activities and games that the whole family can play together. Get a karaoke machine, and have a singing contest Ė the winner gets the biggest piece of chocolate cake! You can also choose some board games like monopoly or divide into teams and play Pictionary or charades. If after some time adults get a bit tired and kids are still full of energy, you can put on some music and sit back and relax while the young ones dance their energy away.
Celebrating kids birthdays is always a special day in a year, with the whole family gathering and having some fun. If you wish to take everyone out to have a good time, there are many fun venues like Boing Central, which offer even trampoline fitness and a little bit of everything for everyone. Most of them are usually both restaurants and playgrounds, as they have a separate section with a jungle gym for the young ones to play. They offer various kinds of entertainment for children, like trampolines and dodge ball, clown or magician performances but they also have organizers who will help you throw a theme birthday party. Another good thing is that you do not have to think about preparing food and getting drinks, as their menus have a great variety of meals.
So there you go, a few ideas to make your family time a bit more exciting. Donít let your busy daily schedule stand between you and your family. Your kids will surely come to appreciate your effort when they get a little older and realize how devoted of a parent you really are.