With January comes holiday adverts. Everyone is smiling, having fun in the sun and creating happy memories miles away from home. But what about now, during these bleak winter months at home? I believe we don’t have to wait for a holiday to spend quality time together, we can build it into everyday life.
Here are some tips on how to make some simple changes at home. Just don’t forget to take photos to capture the memories, just as you would on holiday.
Have a weekly family ritual
Whether it’s making a meal together, a games evening or watching a film together, doing something special every week helps create shared experiences and family memories. Rituals also help children feel loved and secure.
We all lead busy lives but taking the time to say hello or goodbye properly makes such a difference and makes people feel valued. It’s back-to-basics with politeness here but it’s often over looked with devices constantly demanding our attention.
Read to each other
Sharing a book is always beneficial, even at the end of a long day. It sets the tone for a relaxed time and it’s a great way to unwind and clear the mind away from any other distractions.
Spend more time in nature
Another way to free us from technology, getting outside is good for your health and happiness. Exploring new places, geocaching, cycling and walking are beneficial and fun things to do when you’re out and about.
Plan something together
Planning a day out, an activity or working on a project are all ways we to strengthen relationships and create memories. The most important thing to remember with any family time spent together is to enjoy it.