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It is important to spend time together as a family. It makes children feel like they are a part of something special, and it gives you time to connect with them. The hard part is finding activities that everyone will enjoy. This is because there probably aren’t many things that Mom, Dad, and all the different ages of children will enjoy.
The best you can do is to take turns choosing an activity. Each week, allow a different family member to pick something fun to do. Help small children out by making suggestions. Little ones love places like Chuck E. Cheese where they can get pizza and play games. Trampoline parks, skating rinks, and bowling alleys are also excellent options.
When it comes to the adults choosing an activity, you can pick actual places you enjoy going to. If it isn’t something that children would typically appreciate, make it fun for them. For example, if you choose to go to a basketball game, play at home with the kids first. Build anticipation by purchasing jerseys from your favorite team for the entire family. Even the baby can be involved with NBA baby clothes.
The most important way to ensure that it is a fun outing for everyone is to explain to the children that when it isn’t there turn to pick, they have to be respectful. Show them how to make the most of an activity even if it isn’t their cup of tea. Make sure that in return their brothers and sisters will do the same for them.
When planned properly, it is easy for a family to spend quality time together. Once the children understand that they need to be respectful of the others’ choices, it will be more fun for everyone involved. You will have that special time to connect with the kids and they will get the attention they crave. They might even discover a few activities along the way that they will enjoy more than they expected to.