Ways to bond as a family: Spending time “together” as a family doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth. My husband and I work hard to carve out time for each other in our busy, workaholic lives. We cook together. We indulge in our mutual appreciation of wine together. We do the couch potato thing and watch Netflix episodes of NCIS together. We even make a weekend activity out of house hunting. As busy as we both so often are, we cling to these moments of intimacy and know that we’ll have to try even harder once a child is in the picture.
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We come from close, tight-knit families and, despite my mother’s failed attempts to institute Family Fun Time several years ago, we both have fond memories of growing up — and growing close — thanks to regular family activities and events. It’s important to us that our kids have the same sort of childhood.
But how can you make family bonding time an eagerly anticipated event rather than a desperately avoided one? Here are five ways to bond as a family and become closer than ever.
1. Get out of the house.
My entire family used to hit the bike trails together at a nearby park, almost every weekend. God, we were dorks. But my brother and I lived for it: the fresh air; the exhilaration that comes from coasting down a dip in the trail; the ice cream truck at journey’s end. If for no other reason than fun and health, find an outdoor activity you can share with your kids.