For most parents, weekends are usually devoted to catching up on chores to put the home back in order for a fresh new week. This is a responsible thing to do, but this can often leave the children feeling bored and disconnected.
If you wish to change that by turning weekends into opportunities for engaging in quality family time, here are 10 of the easiest ways for you to do so.
1. Start the day with all the members of the family.
Since it’s the weekend, you can wake up a little later than usual. However, make sure that all the members of the family help in preparing breakfast. Put every member in charge of something, even the younger ones.
Dad can be in charge of preparing the coffee and the kids’ choice of beverages. Mom is, of course, in charge of cooking. The kids, meanwhile, can set the table, play the breakfast music, and help out with a few things in the kitchen.
2. Head to a water park.
One of the exciting things to do during the weekend is to go to a water park. Take the family to a popular water park to get the children off of their computer games and social media accounts. There are so many things to do at this kind of leisure destination that ensure a higher fun quotient for the entire family.
Plus, water park activities often hold different family events. You and the rest of the family can take advantage of these activities to create a delightful weekend to remember. You can spend an entire day here, especially during weekends when the weather forecast is unbearably hot. A weekend splashing around and cooling off at a water park is something that the young ones will surely look forward to.
3. Explore the outdoors.
If you find the crowds at the water park a tad overwhelming, and you wish for something more low-key, why not engage in nature-based activities such as kayaking, rafting, or a park scavenger hunt?
It’s great to explore the outdoors as a family because not only is being in nature therapeutic, but most nature activities also present something unexpected that usually turns out to be incredibly fun.
4 Let the kids make the weekend plans.
Allowing the kids to dictate what the weekend activities are is a fantastic way to boost their self-confidence, as well as create quality time. Let your children write down the activities they enjoy and the places they want to visit.
By doing this, you can get to know your children better. You have the option to make these family dates exclusive between one parent and the child who suggested the activity, or it can be a whole family affair. The important thing here is that you get to be with your child, engage in his or her interest, and get a better sense of how he or she is doing in life.
5. Go to the movies.
If your kids are enthusiastic about the release of certain films, why not set a family movie date to catch a flick? To make it more interesting, aim to customize every film-viewing activity.
For example, try a drive-in theatre for one movie. Then for the next film in the lineup for your family’s movie dates, consider attending a premiere at a luxury cinema in your city. Get the kids dressed up and splurge on a first-class movie viewing experience with gourmet food, exclusive invites, and so much more.
6. Schedule a game day.
Game days can get everybody’s competitive spirit up, which is always amusing to behold. So, get the family’s Uno, Bingo, Scrabble, and Pictionary games out and break the usual lazy weekend routine. If you want something a bit more physical, bring out the old DDR and Wii Sports.
Game days are silly and rowdy, and are definitely a weekend boredom buster for the family. You do not even have to limit game days within your family. You can have relatives and friends over to make the competitions even more enjoyable.
7. Do art projects together.
Get crafty with your kids and let the little ones explore their creative side. Child psychologists point out that doing art projects together is the perfect chance to chat with your children and catch up on their lives.
Some of the easy art projects to line up for weekends include making scrapbooks for the family pictures, upcycling old furniture, and creating home decor for the holidays.
8. Do chores as a family.
The idea of taking care of chores may not appeal to the kids right away, but if you can add fun elements to the tasks, you can get the kids to engage. For example, blast your family’s playlist of favorite tunes and tell everybody to take care of his or her tasks from tracks number 1 to 4, which are Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” (Mum and Dad’s fave), Beyonce’s “Run the World,” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”
You will all have a blast, and the best thing about this activity is that you get to cross out items on your to-do list. And to make this exercise even more worthwhile, conclude it with a trip out for lunch or dessert.
9. Learn something new together.
A lot of couples these days take lessons together to strengthen their bond. You can do the same with your kids.
Get involved in your children’s development. Say, your daughter is interested in tap dancing; why not take a class with her? Who knows, you may also develop a love for it, and you can perform as a duo in the future.
10. Share your passions with your children.
Do things you love. You’d be surprised at how a lot of kids end up enjoying what their parents love to do. Not only do they get to cultivate their skills and have fun, but they can come to understand you more.
This activity comes with a number of benefits such as a stronger connection fostered with your children and their increased understanding and consideration of your interests and strengths.
Carving out time for your children is not easy. Thank heavens for weekends when parents do not have to go to work and children are free from school! The key is to make plans tat the whole family can enjoy together, and with these plans, create more precious and memorable moments for the family.