It is often said that getting something or somewhere is not very difficult; to keep up that particular state is what is challenging. Likewise, having your own family may not be as difficult a task as it is to maintain one. Maintaining does not only mean fulfilling their needs and requirements, it means strengthening your bond over the years with each family member and making sure that nobody falls apart or feels left out.
We may not realize it, but there are small little things that can help create and strengthen your bond with your family. Here are few of those ways:
1. Have at least one meal together every day.
It was a very familiar concept for me to have at least one meal of the day with my family, isn’t that what families do? But apparently, that was not the case; I realized this after talking to a friend of mine who told me that there was no system of having even a single meal together in their family. Apart from just gathering together at a table for having food, it is essential that you converse with one another, so make sure that all your gadgets and televisions are switched off for at least that particular hour.
2. Divide household chores.
The woman of the house is not the sole person who is supposed to do all the chores and handle the household. Everyone in the house should come together to help one another because after all, it is everyone’s house. These could be small things such as doing the dishes or cleaning the house on a weekend or cooking breakfast on alternate mornings, etc.
3. Schedule Family time.
It is completely understandable that everyone is tired after coming back home from work on weekdays and just wants to go straight to bed. Forcing yourself to spend quality time with family, in such a state of mind may not prove to be very productive. In such cases, schedule small family vacations or weekend outings so that you can give each other some quality time and bond with one another. Family time could also mean sitting down on a weekend and watching a movie together if a vacation is not possible. After all family time is all about being with your family, the place hardly matters.
At times, communication is the sole key to everything and anything. Be it a fight or a strain that you are experiencing within your household, talk to each other and sort out the problem. Find out solutions that are feasible for everyone and not restrictive to any single person. Communicating will help you not only resolve issues and form plans but more importantly, it will help you bond with your family.
5. Socialize with others.
One aspect of strengthening your internal family bond also involves going and socializing with other people and with your external environment. Arrange a small get together, invite your neighbors, attend birthday parties, socialize with other families and learn how they interact. This will not only make your mind fresh and body alert, but you will also develop a confidence that you did not know of before.