As self-quarantine measures persist throughout the country, it’s more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones. You’ve likely felt a little stressed over the past few months – whether you’re a parent to preschoolers or teenagers. That’s why it’s time to take another approach to these moments at home together.
Try these suggestions to remain connected and bond with your family, especially through these tough times.
Here are a few ways to bond with your family while isolated.
Create a Backyard Movie Theater
Who doesn’t love to hang out with snacks and movies? You can host a drive-in event at your house with a few simple steps. You will need a projector and a backdrop, plus a cozy set up with blankets and pillows. Ask your family to write down their favorite flicks. Then, you can draw randomly to determine what you’ll watch. You could even try a themed weekend – no one can resist “Harry Potter.”
Use this time to catch up after a long week. This pandemic comes with its own unique stressors, so don’t be afraid to seek a little relaxation now and then. A movie night with your family can help you forget about whatever’s on your mind.
Have an Indoor Picnic Lunch
You don’t have to head outside to a park to have a picnic. Instead, you can set one up at home. Pull out your cookbook and decide on a recipe. Your kids can use this chance to become more familiar with food, as well as what it’s like to prepare their favorites. After you make lunch, be sure to set up a cozy atmosphere by laying out blankets and pillows. Don’t forget some string lights for a peaceful touch!
This picnic can serve as a way to touch base before the rest of the day unfolds.
Try a New Family Hobby
Now’s a perfect time to try a new family hobby. You could bond over an art and crafts project, or make family videos on your old camcorder. Have everybody take photos and turn the developed prints into a scrapbook. Learn magic tricks and put on an after-dinner show. You could also get outside and plant veggies in the garden.
Ask your family what they want to try and go from there. Consider everyone’s ideas before you commit to one hobby.
If you have younger children at home, you could encourage your kids to help you clean the house to “eliminate” the coronavirus.
Encourage Kids to Help Clean
If you have younger children at home, it’s not always easy to help them stay informed. Of course, kids can’t always fully grasp significant issues like a pandemic. That said, it’s still possible to turn this moment into an educational opportunity. Your children know that they may not be able to return to life as usual for a little while longer. Why not help them understand why that’s the case?
After you explain the basic concepts, use an activity. For example, you could encourage your kids to help you clean the house to “eliminate” the coronavirus. To start, you can ask them to wipe down TV and computer screens, along with any handheld devices they like to use. If they think that they’re responsible for a safe house, they’ll be more inclined to help!
Use These Ideas to Bond at Home
Try these suggestions to remain connected with your family through these tough times. A few meaningful efforts can make a huge difference!
What are your suggestions for buiding connections with your family?
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