As a mother, wife, and daughter, I know how difficult it can be to balance the demands of work, home life, and maintaining relationships with loved ones. However, I’ve found that connecting with my family members every day brings joy and fulfilment to my life. Beyond this it strengthens our bond as a family unit.
I’ve compiled 13 ways I connect with my family daily that can inspire you to do the same.
Make mealtime a priority – sitting down to dinner with my family every night is a tradition we’ve held for years – going back to my childhood. This is a time where we discuss our days, share experiences, and connect over a meal – no phones, no distractions, just quality time together.
Do activities together – Whether it’s playing a board game, going for a walk, or watching a movie, I love squeezing in time to find activities that we all enjoy. Childhood memories stay with us forever, so my goal is to create treasured ones for my loved ones.
Create time for conversation – Listening to and engaging in meaningful conversations with my family members helps me to learn more about them and express care without really saying it.
Express gratitude – There is no special ritual or process to showing gratitude. I say thank you, I appreciate you, and do something meaningful for my family. A quick call, leaving a note, showing up for them.
Create routines – Establishing routines and daily rituals have helped me create stability and predictability in our family life. By extension, I connect with family members daily through mealtime, bedtime routines, or daily check-ins.
Show physical affection – Hugs, kisses, and physical touch communicate affection and connection in a tangible way. The greatest reward for this is how much physical affection can impact on our mental well-being. When my daughter is having a bad day, a simple hug is sometimes all she needs.
Sharing my generational traditions – Sharing family traditions and rituals can create a sense of belonging, connection, and identity within a family. In our family, we have structured our favourite traditions around birthdays, holidays, or family milestones. At the end of it, we create lasting memories and a strong sense of family unity.
Family One-on-One Dates – Dates can be time-consuming for parents, but I see the value addition to my family when I carve out time to connect with family members and make special memories with each one individually. I take my kids out on a date, have lunch with my spouse, and watch movies with my mom. The reward is seeing their face light up during these moments.
Sharing Chores – No time for bonding? Well, work time can also be connecting time if you are intentional. We clean the house, do laundry, and run errands together, and it helps us spend time together while still getting things done.
Celebrate special occasions – We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events to create happy memories and a sense of togetherness. I make a point to take my children to extended family events during these occasions.
I celebrate every accomplishment – When a family member achieves something great, we take the time to celebrate and acknowledge their effort or milestone.
Practising forgiveness – I don’t let friction settle. Conflict is a natural part of any relationship, but practising forgiveness can help to move past hurt and resentment and repair damaged relationships.
Laughing together – Laughter is a powerful tool for building connections and fostering positivity within our relationships. Finding opportunities to laugh and have fun together can create happy memories and strengthen our family bonds.
Simple everyday moments and activities are opportunities to connect with family. Usually when we wait for the perfect moment or when our schedule permits us to build relations, talk or visit one another we miss out.
So, take the time to enjoy a meal together, share a laugh, or engage in a meaningful conversation – family continuity and healthy relationships depend on these everyday moments.