Family bonding is important as it creates a sense of belonging and improves communication between children and their parents.

Building strong family bonds requires a lot of dedication, especially from parents. Here are seven bonding activities you should try:

Eat together

According to a studies, eating meals together improves children's physical and mental health. It also helps to improve communication and family relationships.

Always strive to ensure that you eat every meal together as a family. If this is not possible due to busy schedules, plan for days when you can eat together as a family. Make sure no phones are allowed at the dining table to avoid distractions.

Cook or bake together

Cooking is also a perfect bonding opportunity. While cooking together, you will laugh, share stories, take a break from social media, and learn about each other.

You can even decide to bake together and de-stress while at it. There are numerous ways for the entire family to participate in baking projects, from designing recipes to combining ingredients.

While you bake or cook together, you learn teamwork and the kids get important life lessons like following instructions and being patient.

Schedule a movie night

A weekly family movie night is a terrific way to bond over a shared experience and learn something new together. The good thing about movie nights is that they are economical in terms of planning and execution.

Your family will bond while referring to a movie's notable quotes or simply laughing out loud at a well-crafted comedy. Discussing the dissecting scenes, critiquing performances, and discussing story points is also a great way to bond as a family, regardless of the genre of the movie.

Activities for your family on Madaraka day
There are activities that your whole family can take part in while inspiring your children to take pride in their Kenyan heritage.

Play games

Other than movies, you can select exciting and entertaining games to play with your family during the weekends. Playing games such as chess, monopoly, Scrabble, cards, or video games will enhance teamwork, unity, and creativity.

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Nature walks

Walks are suitable for all ages, meaning all family members can participate. Since no one is using digital gadgets, you will be able to interact, do challenges, and make memories together. Besides bonding as a family, you get to exercise and reconnect with nature.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and relax after a long week. Various studies have established that swimming may be an effective strategy to reduce the effects of depression, anxiety, and general stress.

When you swim, serotonin, a hormone that helps improve one's mood, is released naturally by the brain.

Apart from being physically active, you will be spending quality time with your family.

Go on dates

Dates do not have to be exclusively for you and your spouse. You can schedule weekly or monthly dates with your whole family to foster your relationship. You can go to a dancing class, fishing, have a picnic or go to a restaurant.
Going on dates with your children will boost their confidence and self-esteem as they will feel loved and valued.

Planning a date with your spouse is also important to strengthen your bond.

In a world where there is so much to do in so little time, it is easy to neglect family. However, this should not be the case as you can use the ideas in this article to bond with your family, even wit your busy schedule.

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