Suggestions For Family-Strengthening Activities
- Plan one extra all-family activity just for the purpose of celebrating your family life. During the fun, talk to each member about their impressions of your family life.
- At the dinner table, have each person name one thing about the family for which he or she is thankful.
- Count the members of your immediate family. Then add relatives. Then add special friends. How big is your "family"?
- Make some resolutions to improve family communication; i.e., schedule regular "family meetings," assist a member with a difficult task once each week, plan a special family celebration once each month, etc.
- Organize those family snapshots!! It's a wonderful activity for the whole family, and a unique opportunity to share past experiences with the children. Usually good for several get-togethers.
- Write "love notes" to each other, and hide them where they can easily be found.
- Hug, kiss, smile, wink.
- Create a family symbol or a family motto as an expression of your family's unity.
- Write a l-o-n-g letter to a distant relative.
- Parents can learn much by having children grade parents with an occasional report card. Subjects -- smiling, laughing, sharing and playing.
- Play the one-a-day compliment game for a week, with every family member. Keep score!!!
- Volunteer to help someone who doesn't have a family.
- Make a "suggestion box" and encourage everyone to contribute whatever is on his or her mind. Open it once a week, and discuss the contents.
- Go on a walk together after dark. Look at the stars; point out some constellations.
- Make a resolution to maintain your family as your highest priority.
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Reprinted with the permission of the Heartland Family Service. © 2008 Heartland Family Service
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