How to Make the Most of Family Day 2019
Spending time with family has benefits for both children and adults. It builds bonds, encourages positive behavior, and nurtures the mental health of each individual. That’s one of the reasons we take family time seriously at Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse.
We know that toys and games are not really about frivolous spending when it comes right down to it. They’re about fostering connections with family and friends.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with some ideas for how you can spend more time with your family on Family Day, which is coming up soon, on Monday, February 18th.
Take a look at these ideas for how to spend the holiday.
Bake cookies together
Creating things in the kitchen can be an excellent way to spend time together. It teaches you to coordinate efforts with another person. And when you cook with your kids, it teaches them valuable life skills they will eventually need to take care of themselves.
When you’re doing tasks like cooking together, it can create an opportunity for relaxing into conversations that you might not get to have when everyone is busy.
Play a board game
Kids often don’t like answering direct questions, like “How was school today?” But playing a game together can put them into a happier state of mind where they’re more likely to open up. Kids tend to be chattier when they can let their guard down and feel like they aren’t being grilled.
That’s why it’s important to create opportunities for conversation to happen naturally. And those opportunities are created when you’re spending time together without the noise of devices drowning each other out.
The weather may be cold, but getting outside helps your family stay healthy and get away from screens. You can go for a walk, take a bike ride, or watch for animals in your area with binoculars. Even getting a little sunshine can improve overall mood and health during the winter.
Let the kids make some decisions
Kids are usually on the receiving end of decisions rather than getting to make choices themselves. Try letting them make suggestions and take part in the decision for what activities to do on Family Day.
Sit down with hot cocoa
You don’t really have to have a specific activity planned in order to spend time together. Make a few mugs of hot cocoa and gather in the kitchen or family room. You can just chat, talk about plans for the rest of the week, or do individual activities while in each other’s company, like reading or drawing.
Fix something together
Doing household chores may not always sound like the most exciting way to spend a day off. But you’d be amazed how much bonding can happen over a project. Giving kids tasks on an important project lets them know that you trust them with responsibilities and to be safe.
If you have some handiwork that you’ve been putting off, or are planning to build or make something for the home, consider making it a family activity. It could be putting together a shelf or piece of furniture, replacing sink fixtures, or hanging a new door. Kids are curious and enjoy learning how things work.
Take a day trip
Is there somewhere you and your family would love to visit that you don’t usually have time for? If you have the day off, get in the car and go there for a family excursion. Spend the day exploring a new place together or revisiting a favorite locale that you don’t get to enjoy very often.
Family isn’t just the people who live with you. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends would likely also enjoy a visit on Family Day. Take some time to go see people you don’t always get the time to see. You could plan a potluck dinner and all sit down to eat together.
Whatever you choose to do with your free time, we hope you get to spend time with the people you care about and make some memories on February 18th and beyond. Keep following our blog for more ideas for family time.