Home as a center for family activities.
And here we are again at the sweet blog, the sweetest blog online.
And today, we plan to discuss a topic that may concern many of you. Especially those of you who are parents:
How to make your home a center for a unifying and beneficial family activity?
The issue has become much more relevant since Covid brought most of us back into our home and family space.
But even regardless of Covid, the claim about wanting to make the house more relevant in terms of family activities - and thus slightly neutralizing the desire of family members to go out for fun and excitement - is often heard. Therefore, achieving the goal at the top of this article is essential for various reasons.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
1. Invest in your living room (and make it relevant).
Our first tip is to fulfill the original purpose of the living room as a meeting/Gathering space for the whole family.
The original meaning of the phrase - "living room" - is a room intended to be used for ordinary social purposes.
Understanding this meaning makes it easier to understand the room's purpose - a place for family members to gather and conduct close social activities.
It becomes even more valid In light of the distance that prevails between family members in the modern era. A distance that originates from the technological progress that so characterizes our times. One that causes most family members to be "stuck" and isolated in their rooms, and thus the frequency of family gatherings decreases in quality and quantity. Read this interesting article from the Guardian on the subject.
Therefore, the first step in the process of restoring your living room to its original purpose - and thereby fulfilling your goal of turning your home into a center for family activities - will be to set a standard meeting/gathering time for all your family members that will take place in your living room, with none of you carrying electronic devices.
It is also highly recommended to turn your living room into an attractive and comfortable place that will "attract" family members to spend more time there.
You can do this in a variety of ways, some will involve purchasing cool accessories and furniture, and some will require a (particular) redesign. The guiding principle is to make the living room cozy and homely. By doing so, you will notice more frequent family members' gatherings within your living room, and thus your goal of - making your home more friendly for family activities - will be achieved.
Gather happily in your living room
U can also read more here about ways to upgrade your living room.
2. Tools for family bonding.
Another Great tip that will help you make your home more suitable for the above is a shared entertaining family activity.
Social games, karaoke nights, Shared cooking activities, family meals for no particular reason, tea meetings, and more.
These are compelling and vital tools that will help your family bond.
Read this for inspiration on ways to increase your family bonding.
Increasing family bonding within the walls of your home will, directly and indirectly, make your home much more pleasant to live in. Thus - despite the temptations regarding going out - you can create an excellent home-based alternative.
Like everything else in life, it's a matter of supply and demand. If your product (for that matter - the social activity you will have in your home) is relevant and exciting, there will be a demand for it.
Family bonding is vital
The guiding principle is this - you must make your family members prefer the in-house social activity over the one they may find outside. Doing so can turn your home into a center for pleasant family activities.
3. Talk it out.
One of the main reasons for some family members' increased desire to participate in social activities outside their homes is the potential discomfort they may feel while staying at home.
It is especially true for teens and children, who, due to lack of communication, will not tell their parents, or other family members, about the reasons that keep them away. And so, as a direct and natural result, the home's status as a center for social activity will be harmed.
And since this article aims to understand how you will increase the status of your home as a family social center, we will recommend how you can deal with this challenge.
First, the best way to do that is with the help of good communication.
Talk it out, and try to understand the reasons that keep them away from the family environment.
We have significant evidence Regarding the apparent correlation between good communication between family members and healthy and positive family life.
Suppose you feel that one of your family members is a little distant, And not feeling like a significant part of the family identity at home with the rest of you. Try to talk to him about it. You will be amazed to hear how a simple conversation can solve complex issues.
By doing so, you will achieve several important goals at once. One (and most important) is helping your close family member, thus strengthening your family and home. The second tool is the one that is relevant to our articles - making your home a center for social and family activities. After all, by the "return home" of that family member Who isolated himself a bit, your home will return to what it was designed to be in the first place - your fortress.
Another essential point to understand in this context is identifying such "distancing states" at the right time. And not long after they have already occurred, when the damage has already been done.
Here, too, the key to early detection is attention and communication. You should always try to understand what your loved one is going through, and if you have noticed the slightest change - take action.
Speak, as a family unit
More great tips for that "early detection" can be found here.
4. Put some fun in it.
We are pretty sure you are aware of the following insight, so we'll just remind you.
Joint family fun is one of the best ways to increase family bonding and can significantly assist you in making your home a center for shared family social activities.
And although the means mentioned in paragraph 2 (board games and so on) are also known for their ability to be fun, we mean something other than this type of 'fun.' We are talking about real fun - one who is involved with a loud laugh and a huge smile.
Real family fun includes aspects similar to those that exist when going out to a restaurant or club/pub.
Imagine it as a family outing in the park or a restaurant, and change the destination a little and implement them within your home.
You can read the article from our sweet blog that deals with a similar topic.
There are many examples of such home activities:
A house party, friends' evenings, poker evenings (for the adults among us), joint viewing (including special drinks and food) at an important TV event such as sports games or concerts. Drinking (moderate drinking) alcohol with friends and family and having fun.
The examples are multiple, but the guiding principle is to take the "fun" activity you usually do outside your home and create an in-house replication.
In doing so, your efforts to make your home a center for social activity will progress significantly. And that is your goal.
We hope this article has helped you to some extent.
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