It is no secret that our society is driven by technology and social media. Today, more than ever, our children are watching more TV, playing more video games and interacting on social media sites. As parents, it is important that we stay connected with our kids and be involved in their lives. Here are 5 ways for you to connect with your kids.
1. During dinner, ask everyone at the table to share one piece of good news and one piece of bad news from their day. With the bad news, have that person share either a silver lining of that story or how they overcame the incident.
2. Have weekly “Kids’ Nights to Cook.” The weekend before, brainstorm with your child on what they want to cook. Come up with a list of ingredients and head to the grocery store together. A few other fun ideas would be to come up with a menu and decorate the table as if it were a restaurant.
3. Do one-on-one activities with each child at least once a week. This could be doing crafts together or shooting hoops outside. You can even do weekly or monthly outings with each child. For example, spend time one-on-one by going bowling, fishing or walking around the farmer’s market. Just make sure it's an activity your child will like.
4. After dinner, share a “joke of the day” or “story of the day.” This should rotate from person to person each night.
5. Have a weekly, family game night. There are some fun, family-friendly games out there that really encourage bonding between parents and their children. Like, 5 Second Rule Jr. or for older kids, 5 Second Rule, where you have five seconds to name 3 things that fit the topic. Some other fun ones are Hedbanz and Beat the Parents. Then there are the classics card games like Go Fish and Old Maid. For more unique, family games click here.