In the modern world, it can be observed that there is a shift from extended families to nuclear families. The advancements in technology and the subsequent birth of social media such as Facebook, while no doubt has immense advantages, has proven to have detrimental impacts on family relationships.
Children no longer spend time with their families; instead they spend most of their time on the internet or on their cell phones. Sometimes, not only children, but parents too have become unassumingly addicted to the internet and other forms of technology.
In this world where personal interactions are growing more and more infrequent, families need to make more efforts to strengthen their bonds with each other. Here a few of the ways families can spend time together to deepen their relationships with each other.
Go on a Family Vacation
Going on a vacation together is a good way to reaffirm family ties and to get to know one another better. A vacation takes the family members out of their hectic daily lives and helps families that have lost touch with each other to communicate and catch up.
But it is not enough to simply go somewhere together; family members must talk to one another and engage in activities together. It is pointless if the family members simply occupy their time with their cell phones or laptops without having fun with each other.
Play Games Together
Playing games together is another good way for families to spend time together. Games encourage active participation, healthy competition and promote conversation among family members. Games can bring families closer together through the fun the family members have playing with each other. Games that a family can play together include board games such as Monopoly or Scrabble; for families that appreciate more active games, they could play twister, charades or musical chairs.
Picture taking has certainly increased in popularity since the advent of social media which allows users to share their photos with others. Families too should take pictures together as having family photos serve as tangible reminders of times spent together and is a very effective way to increase feelings of love between family members. For example, you can have family photos taken at every special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries and even have baby photoshoots on the birth of a new addition to the family.
Keeping a Pet
Keeping a pet is another good way of strengthening family bonds. This is because pets have a way of bringing families together; family time together is promoted by pets because family members will come together to play with and take care of their pets.