How to Have Stronger Family Bonds
To begin, I feel that moms in general, are always on a tightrope. We are just teetering on the line of danger, bound to fall into the burnout pit. We are keepers of our home, and the tasks within leave us, well… beyond busy. Our thoughts are laced with preoccupation. Then the question arrises. Since you can’t really put your mind in two places at once, how do you balance between housework, while creating stronger family bonds? If you are a #busyMom, wondering the same thing, continue reading.
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Can I start this post with a confession?
I’ve been over thinking, over working, over “momming”, sort of speak. It’s been basically knee-high baskets full of laundry and cooking lasagnas over here folks. Yes, the bathroom sink has layers of toothpaste. Mopping truly seems irrelevant at this point. In other words, there’s tons of housework to do.
And here’s the confession part. It’s SO easy to get carried away. My body transforms from mommy to workhorse, and eventually my family starts to not recognize me. I’ve left them so far behind in my dust of “productivity” that they begin to miss me. I thought, hey, why not wash dishes when daddy is home? Why not have hubby distract the kids while I clean the bathroom? Brilliant right? I continued thinking these things until it all became automatic. It was a great way to accomplish tasks. Little by little, unknowingly, I had scheduled myself out of huge chucks of my family’s day. Consequently, right under our noses, our stronger family bonds turned kaput.
This is why I created this post.
Nonetheless, I don’t want to tell you that motherhood is hard. You already know that. We are way past putting on our big girl panties. The tittle “MOM” encompasses so many things and we have to remember to love it deeply. For all the moms that don’t know about the room at our table and those that just want to know you are not alone, this is for you.
The original occurrence of the question, how do you have stronger family bonds, was on my Instagram Feed. As I looked at the vivid pictures of everyday mom life, I started to receive feedback. Finding the sweet spot between chores and todos (all while still staying connected), was something that many moms desired to know about. So, off to publication this went.
How to have stronger family bonds:
- Access the priority. You have to think about the entire picture with this one, not just the priority lists of chores. Consider step one to stronger family bonds as accessing your priority list for LIFE. What is the most important thing to do for life? Personally, the children may not always remember the amount of dishes you cleaned, but they will remember the times you played with them.
- Open your perspective. For me, the more I read, the more I learn. To think critically about a topic, you have to have input from multiple sources. Open your perspective and study about the subject. Having a logical understanding makes creating action steps so much easier.
- Create your action steps. Think of things that are truly fun for the family. What gets everyone to laugh and engage? Is it going to the park? Is it playing board games together? Find whatever your family likes to tinker with and start doing it.
- Incorporate them. Begin using your action steps. It can start with just 1 hour a week and continuing building from there.
- Learn to let go. This is where many bite the bullet. With only 24 hours in a day, how do you do it all? Answer: YOU DON’T. Ultimately, you have to let some of it go. Return to step one and let go of things that are not high in priority.
Ideas for your action steps-
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- Take chalk to the park and draw. For us, our community park is the epicenter of little people outdoor play. I mean everyone and their mother, or father, goes there. Since there is such high traffic, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a group project. Take a few boxes of dollar store chalk and let everyone contribute in some sidewalk art. Your children will love seeing how everyone works together and your personal family bond will grow.
- Have a tasting picnic on your table. Put a big checkered table cloth on your family table. Instead of the traditional main course and two sides, make dinner leisurely with small bites. In separate bowls, place things like pickles, olives, dips, and spreads. Have multiple cheeses and breads as well. Allow each member of the family to taste and talk about their food experience.
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In conclusion, thank you for stopping by and reading how to have stronger family bonds. I hope this post has inspired you to have a more united family, as well as, better focus with your time. There is balance beyond housework. Leave me your comments and let me know what you thought.
Until we meet again, remember, when your hands are full live your life to the fullest.