7 Activities that Strengthen Family Relationships

*Collaborative guest post*

Do you have certain experiences from your childhood that are forever engraved in your memory?

Maybe it was weekly pedicures with your mm or an annual fish fry at grandma’s.

For me, one of my favorite memories is laying on the floor as a child colouring with my dad each night when he got home from work.

Whether it was a Scooby Doo colouring book or a Barney one – I didn’t care because the time with him was just so special.

There are plenty of moments like that throughout life that we will forever look back on and remember…

Oftentimes, those experiences are ones we share with those we love who just so happen to usually be our family.

But, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we can get so busy that we forget to, theoretically, “stop and smell the roses,” or to stop and make memories.

Intentionally engaging in activities as a family will not only provide you with memories that will last a lifetime but they can also strengthen your family bond.

A few of our family favorites include:

Crafting together.

This one is actually quite funny – we aren’t crafty people. My sister can draw but she is the only artistic one in the family.

But by using stickers, personalized labels, glue and other crafting material we have fun just creating whatever masterpiece we can do with our lack of art skills.

Try this with your family and have fun just being you! Just a little secret…

If you aren’t artistic, this activity can lead to many nights of laughter as you all attempt to be.

Family movie night.

Few things are better than just snuggling up for a night in with the ones you love. Grab a funny movie that you can all enjoy, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up in a blanket for a fun and affordable night spent at home.

Volunteering.

Getting active in your community is a great way to all make a huge difference together.

Volunteer just a little bit of your time a few days each year as a family bonding experience – you could even make it a once a month occasion.

At the end of the day, you can all sit back and appreciate the work you have done and those you have helped.

Annual vacations.

Who doesn’t love a great getaway? I don’t know about you, but the beach is my sweet spot.

The sun on my face, my toes in the sand…

I can smell the ocean now.

But, whatever your family’s favorite destination is, make an effort to visit at least once a year.

Or, if you enjoy seeing new things, each year take a family vote on one new location to take your next annual vacation to.

This is also a great way to squeeze in a few learning experiences for the kids – national parks, historic museums, and more.

Family dinner night.

Just like how we can get too busy to stop and make memories, it is easy to skip out on family dinner most nights. Between work schedules and each child’s extracurricular activity – mom, dad, and children can all be left being pulled different ways.

Make an effort to have a nice family dinner night at least once a week – keep it interesting and add a theme.

Homemade pizzas are great for a Friday night – combine that with family movie night and you have a match made in heaven!

Family walks.

Nothing like a little bit of the outdoors to clear everyone’s minds. Try taking a stroll through your local park or even just around your neighborhood.

This is a great way to get everyone active and to spend a little quality time together.

One-on-one time.

This activity often gets overlooked in the midst of trying to strengthen the family as a whole…

But, never underestimate the power of each individual relationship as well.

Try to do things like mom/daughter or father/son date nights occasionally. This is a great opportunity to model a great relationship for your kids and to set the standard that mom is important to dad and loved by dad and vice versa.

Family is one of the most important aspects in our life – they give us constant support, someone to laugh with, and someone to cry with.

Never underestimate the power of a strong family.

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