Family Bonding in 30 Minutes

Family Bonding in 30 Minutes

Bring your family together for what precious free time they have with these tips.

By: Summer Saldana

We all get busy with life. There are so many demands, expectations and to-do lists in our minds that creating quality time with our families can easily get pushed aside. Sometimes it even gets pushed out of the picture completely and we give up if we can’t seem to schedule a weekend or even just a day.

Sometimes though, especially nowadays, it’s not as much about the amount of time as it is about the quality of time. We’ve come up with a list of ideas for you to connect with your family in 30 minutes or less — all you need to do is store this list away and, anytime you happen to find a free half-hour, try doing just one of these suggestions and watch your family bond grow even stronger.

Suggestion: Try putting away the phones and computers for a completely distraction-free bonding session.

1. Cooking/Baking
We get that not everyone loves to be in the kitchen, but even for us non-domestic types, sometimes just bringing the family into it can make cooking or baking so much more fun and enjoyable. Experiment with baking cookies, making muffins or even try diving headfirst and making a cake. The best part of this quick bonding session is the time spent eating the incredible treats created with love. Turn on some loud music and just make it all about having fun.

2. Dance Party
Speaking of fun music, another quick way to bond with your family is to blast some cool beats and just start a little impromptu dance party. Have fun, be silly, bust a few moves and burn some calories while you’re at it! Show the kids that you’re never too old to let loose and have a good time.

3. Computer Search Time
Yes, this may sound a little odd, but consider taking turns coming up with something to research online and make a family “event” of it. Maybe one of your kids wonders who came up with gum or why the sky is blue — this would be an excellent time to cuddle up on the couch with the laptop for a fun (and educational) time.


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4. Go for a walk
Sometimes just getting out the routine and out of the house by taking a walk is the perfect way to spend time with your family. Head out for a 30-minute walk and take time to literally get some fresh air and smell the flowers. Hold hands. Talk. Maybe even meet some of your neighbors. Is it raining? Grab some umbrellas and call it a rain walk. Don’t let the weather hold you back from creating lasting memories with your loved ones.

5. Coloring
You’re never too old to color. In fact many researchers say that coloring can be a great stress reliever, especially for adults. Why not grab a box of crayons and a coloring book and have the family sit together at the table for a quick coloring session? Maybe even make it a contest to see who can finish their picture first, or who can use the most colors, etc. (Remember though, that the focus is more about bonding and talking than it is about creating the perfect picture.)

6. Eat together
The reason we say “eat” and not specify a meal is because we understand that sitting down to dinner every night is sometimes nearly impossible with sports, homework, work and other scheduling obligations. So, if dinnertime doesn’t work for your family, try another meal. And if meals are out of the question altogether, maybe think about a simple family snack every now and then. Get some chips and dip, crackers and hummus, or maybe just cups of hot cocoa and sit down for a few minutes to catch up on everyone’s life at the moment.

7. Game Time
Sometimes playing a game can be a total time commitment. We all know the board game or checkers game that seemingly never ends, and we don’t always have time for that. But what about a quick impromptu silly game that the whole family can get into?

One night over dinner, bust out into an eye spy or duck, duck, goose game. You may find that you’re all suddenly laughing and connecting in such a simple way. The best part is that games like this can happen anywhere and anytime, too. Maybe come up with some fun car games to fill all those carpooling hours you log, or find one to play while you get into the bedtime routine. You can even look up fun family games when you have Computer Search Time.

Spending time connecting with your family doesn’t need to take a whole lot of time or even money. It’s simply about being intentional, being in the moment and really just letting go and having fun.

Summer is the author of the popular blog called Le Musings of Moi, which covers fashion, décor, style, parenting, health, fitness and whatever else interests this mother of two in SoCal. She also writes for Mommalogues and frequently posts videologues to YouTube.

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