Individuality: we all need it. But people who warn that the modern world is making us a little too individual aren’t entirely wrong. Family bonding still matters. With that in mind, consider these activities you can do to bond as a family to enjoy your time together.
Board Game Night
We play a lot of games on our phones these days, but sometimes, there’s no replacement for a classic board game to draw us out of our bubbles. Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Cranium, and Settlers of Catan are all great for staying close while having fun. Just don’t get too competitive—longtime board game players know all too well that a high-intensity game of Scrabble can do more harm than good.
The Household Book Club
Reading together as a family isn’t just a great way to strengthen connections. It instills literacy and a love of learning in your kids. No matter how you choose to make great books a part of family life, everyone—especially younger members of the family—will benefit. You can all read a novel independently (this may require a title somewhat below you and your spouse’s reading level) and then have discussions. If you’re looking for a more spiritual activity, you may instead elect to lead the family in selected Bible readings.
Cook and Enjoy a Meal Together
What brings people together like food? One lamentable consequence of modern convenience is that everyone in the house makes their own dinners in the microwave and eats separately. Once a week, bring back the old-fashioned family dinner and get everyone involved. It doesn’t have to be a Thanksgiving feast, either. But food tastes better when you had a hand in making it.
Build a Family Garden
Another activity you can do to bond as a family is to head to the backyard and start planting a garden. Whether you’re naturally a green thumb or need some video tutorials, you can put together an attractive arrangement. Many plants are easy to grow. Develop a love for Mother Nature and a sense of pride in the family home.
Spend some quality time together on a worthwhile and meaningful project. Best of all, you can tie this together with cooking—perk up a weekly pasta dish with fresh basil from your own garden, or add a little something to your breakfast by picking your own raspberries.