Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond

The more technology becomes a part of our lifestyle, the more complicated our lives become. One thing that should not get lost in the turmoil is family time. Setting aside time for family sharing is critical for supporting and nurturing your relationship.

Plan activities you can do as a family and schedule them as often as you can. Here are 6 ideas to get you started.

Enjoy Nature

This can be as simple as taking a walk together after dinner, or you can plan hikes, bike rides, scavenger hunts, bird watching or canoe outings. Some families sign up with community efforts to pick up litter or beautify a park. Many children today do not spend as much time in nature as kids once did, and sharing family time exploring the natural world nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity, provides play time, supports their health and development and allows the entire family to discuss and learn about the environment.

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Hold Family Dinners

Families that eat together have been shown to have better relationships. A recent study found that frequent family meals were significantly associated with lower depression, fewer risk-taking actions by young people and overall better well-being.

Play Games

Family game nights are a perfect way to share time together. Each family member can have a turn at choosing the game or you can rotate among a selected number of choices. Whether you choose board games, video games, card games or computer games, make sure every member can participate at some level.

Cook

What better way for everyone in the family to learn more about nutrition and the food they eat than to prepare and cook it themselves. Food preparation and cooking are important skills for children to learn, and even young kids can stir or add ingredients to a recipe under supervision. Continue reading “Family Time: 6 Activities That Will Help Build That Lasting Bond”

How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family

When it comes to taking care of your family, it seems like it gets harder and harder every day. The price of things go up, but how much you make on a daily basis never seems to grow. This can often lead to having more bills than money. It can be frustrating, trying to meet ends meet each and every month. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help you make the most of every dollar, and save money around the house.

A good place to start to learn about how to get help taking care of your household is to talk to your local Department of Human Services office. They can help you to begin the process to apply for various services that can help your family, from getting your daycare needs paid for, to even temporary cash aid.

These services are available to families in need, and they will all have different requirements. Most of them are income based, so you will need to make sure that you have any proof of income and your proof of residency available when you make your visit to your local Department of Human Services office.

Once you have these services, there are even more ways for you to get assistance and save money. We all know how expensive it is to have a cell phone. Thankfully, if you are approved for services, benefits and other services, you can likely be approved for Lifeline phone service, both in your home and on a cell phone. Continue reading “How To Get Help Taking Care Of Your Family”