Most kids today prefer to go through a long and extensive list of things to do every day. As they are bound with an almost unlimited supply of energy, it should be a list filled with activities that are all super exciting. As a parent, spending time with them is precious, as during this moments they start to develop their attention spans and learn about the world around them. Furthermore, they also begin learning how fun it is to spend time with the family, and in the long run, the real value of spending time with family. You also get priceless memories out of it too.
Here are some fun, great and wonderful home activities with the kids.
These are some of the best home activities that had the best results. Go on and try a few of them, and see the surprising outcomes it brings to your kids and your family.
Eat Together As A Family
Believe it or not, eating meals together as a family has significant positive impacts on child development. The simple act of eating with your kids does a whole lot. Eating meals together as a family also provides the chance for conversation. Moreover, it also lets parents teach healthy communication without distractions from smartphones, television, computers, and mobile devices. Furthermore, having family meals, dinners, in particular, have been associated with:
- Acquiring greater sense of resilience
- Attaining higher self-esteem
- Decreases chance of teen pregnancy
- Diminishes risk of depression
- Lessens the risk of substance abuse
- Lowers the likelihood of developing eating disorders
- Reduces rates of obesity
Additionally, eating meals as a family allows family members to discuss their day and share exciting news, issues, and concerns.
Play Games Together
If you bring video games into your home, you should do your best to screen them. Better yet, learn how to play them. Why do you ask? Well, first, your kids will "kick your butt," to use their phrasing. Though, it is a good thing for children to see their parents as human and vincible occasionally. Secondly, it would guarantee a hilarious response at your lack of dexterity. Finally, some video games have somewhat redeeming virtual reality, because they mimic real-world activities such as baseball, bowling, dancing, skiing, and table tennis. Which, is undoubtedly much better than games where you blow each other up. But set time limits, lest their virtual realities take over their reality.
Do The Laundry with Flair
Turn one of the most mundane home activities into a fun and enjoyable time with the kids. Make the most of your time with the kids while you do and teach your children how to do laundry properly. Go about doing the laundry while playing to be robots or characters from a favorite movie. Alternatively, have a laundry room singing contest where each child takes turns singing one song (loudly!) from while folding laundered clothes. So, no matter how many the piles of clothing you are going to wash, it would not matter if you and your child are having fun.
Repair Stuff Together
Never fix a change a tire, leaky faucet, paint the fence, or replace the furnace filter without the company of your kids. These home activities like making some improvements around the home is a magnificent way to spend some quality time with your children. Not only does it allow you create precious memories together, but it also teaches them about essential tools and critical life skills vital to their future at the same time.
The attic, the basement, and the home's crawl space are all classrooms for learning. It is where your children learn how things work and how to fix things safely. Give them a flashlight, and talk them through the job you are doing. Explain what they need to accomplish and, once it is over, applaud them for a job well done. As your kids mature, you then hold the flashlight for them. Instead of dreading things that break, you will see built-in shelves, new cupboards, and paint jobs as bonus opportunities for time with your kids.
Create New Traditions
You do not have to wait for the holidays or vacations to connect with your children. Creating your very own Family Traditions is something special that allows the family to bond and create memories that last forever For example:
- Weekly Sunday breakfast together.
- Spend Friday game night with them.
- Do weekend shopping or gardening.
These simple, yet fun activities can bring the family together. Dining out on the same night each week is a good start.
Scheduling other conflicting activities during these moments is a big no-no because it is the family's quality time. Whatever tradition you choose to create, make sure everyone in the household, including you the parents, honors the fixed period of time. Everyone should show up and unplug. No texting, no social media, and no TV (unless it is Family Netflix Time..) are allowed.
Spending intentional, uninterrupted, quality time with your child has infinite priceless rewards. No matter how many the toys that they may have, or activities they do with their friends, it will never compare to the time spent simply being with you.