Nowadays it seems as if our children grow at a faster rate than we did. One day, they are little bundles of joy that you can’t even hold without worrying that you may drop them. The next time you blink, they are already two and they are terrible, and then before you know it, they are leaving home and going to college.
The terrible truth is, we do not have enough time to bond with our children. What with the world economy in the state that its in, we need to work round the clock just to make ends meet. But when we do find those few precious moments to bond with our children, here are a few tips on the sorts of activities that will have a long lasting effect on both you and your kids.
1. Play Catch
This is a tradition of many households. What they don’t tell you is that, you do not necessarily have to love baseball to play catch. You can teach your kids how to play football, basketball, volleyball, hockey… all kinds of sports. As long as you are playing together, these lessons and moments will never leave them. It doesn’t take too much time, ten, twenty minutes and you will have created a lifelong lesson and memory.
2. Play Video Games with Them
Fantasy football has become a worldwide activity for both the young and the old. As much as it may seem straight forward to you, it takes a knowledgeable mind to impart that knowledge to the younger generation. Teaching your child how to play fantasy futbol will not only impart both the strategic and managerial skills that fantasy football players must posses, but it will also give you something to continuously bond over. You can exchange strategies, news and information about your various teams.
3. Learn An Art Together
Most of us skipped on the Piano lessons that our parents desperately wanted us to get. You can use this as an opportunity to both bond with your kids and learn the Piano after all this time. It doesn’t have to be the Piano. It can be anything; a musical instrument of your choice, a dance routine, magic tricks and so on. So long as it’s a new skill that will involve the participation of both parties.
4. Help Them Study
This is by far the most popular and common bonding technique,especially for new parents who still have little ones. Once they hit teenhood, this will be highly difficult to implement. But while they are still young and hang on to your every word, you should help them study. You will bond and they will see you as the most knowledgeable human being alive.
There are very many other ways through which you can bond with your children: teaching them how to make, spend, save and invest their money, showing them how to perform some in-house maintenance jobs, showing them how to shave, how to change a tire…all these are ways that can bring your family closer together.