The splendid creature outstretched its wings and dove toward the water. I was at the waterline and my son was about 10 feet from me on the beach - I hissed his name as quietly and excitedly as I could all at the same time - hoping I was loud enough to catch his attention and quiet enough not to halt ... Read More
The Benefits of Family Bonding Last More Than A Lifetime
The benefits of family bonding last well beyond your own lifetime. Strong family ties mold the families that your children will create and the families that their children will create.
Creating strong, loving family bonds and also awesome bonds between brothers and sisters takes time and attention.
I know how challenging it can be to find activities that will engage each family member. Tweens and teens, who are developmentally pulling away from family and gravitating towards friends, can present a unique challenge.
Family bonding activities strengthen your family's connections with one another. They also create lasting memories and bonds. Activities like cooking and eating meals together whenever possible are great times to connect. Family traditions, like sacred dedicated family time, game nights, or family meetings create a sense of security and reliability.
Interactions such as interesting conversations of the day or creating a family mission statement help each of you open your hearts to one another.
In short, whether you are working together or playing together, as long as you are doing it as a family - you will be nurturing your family bonding and creating lasting memories together!
I remember trick or treating as a child with my dad as one of our family traditions for Halloween. That and carving a pumpkin were our two Halloween traditions. Now that I have my own children, I'm keeping those family traditions for our Halloween and adding to them. For many reasons, Halloween ... Read More
After I got all the back to school ideas, hacks, and essentials under my belt, I knew I wanted to throw the kids a party they would never forget! I started doing this several years ago and it was so much fun we decided that the back to school party was a favorite new family tradition. The weekend ... Read More
I've had this post, half-written, on the back burner, simmering in my brain, almost since day one of starting Spoil My Family. It's not pretty, so I've been a little afraid to write it. It's forced me to admit some ugly truths and to make decisions about what changes I want to make to feel better ... Read More
Last summer, we took an EPIC road trip. E.P.I.C. It was our first major road trip, and it was amazingly successful. We had never before been so ambitious. Frankly, I had been trapped in the clutches of terror. But the boys are older now, and maybe a little easier to travel with. I’ve been gently ... Read More