Here are a few activities your family should try before the school year starts.
Fall doesn't start until the end of September, but your children only have a few weeks left of summer vacation. Take advantage of the free time and participate in intergenerational activities that you, your parents and your children can enjoy. By doing this, you'll build stronger family bonds.
Here are seven fun activities your family should try before the school year starts:
1. Cook a new recipe together
The next time your children go to grandma's for dinner, find a new recipe to make together! This is the perfect opportunity for them to teach a few cooking tricks while bonding over the appetizing aroma coming from the oven. Ask them to make a meal they've never cooked before so everyone can learn something new! Who knows, maybe it'll come out great and become a staple dish at one of your family get-togethers.
2. Reminisce over old family photos
When was the last time you looked through photo albums together as a whole family? Ask your parents to bring them out while your children are visiting so they can reminisce over all of the good times. Maybe your mother or father can show them a few pictures from their own childhood – this is a great way to teach the younger kids about family history, while connecting over similar experiences.
3. Play your favorite board games
Your mom's favorite board games and trusty deck of cards have been collecting dust for far too long. Encourage her to bring them out for a round of fun! According to Helpguide, playing board or card games with your children is a fun way to see how they handle problems in the real world. It's also a chance to teach them important life skills such as taking turns, playing fairly and being a good sport.
4. Head to the park
The warm weather won't be around much longer, so take advantage of it. Head to the local park for a day of fun in the sun. Maybe your parents will let their inner-kid shine by taking turns on the swing set!
5. Plan a picnic
If they're going to spend the day at the park, inspire them to pack a picnic lunch for the trip. It should include all of the classics such as sandwiches, macaroni salad and assorted fruit to make the perfect meal. Or, they can take advantage of that cooking lesson and spruce up the picnic lunch. Country Living magazine suggested cooking classic buttermilk fried chicken the night before for a delicious left-over dish.
6. Share interests with each other
Sure, your mom loves to garden and knit in her spare time, but has she ever introduced these interests to your children? They might end up loving those hobbies if she takes the time to teach them. After bonding over the interest, she can dive into theirs. This is a fun way for them to get to know each other on a new level and share special knowledge they would've never learned elsewhere.
7. Start a new family tradition
It can be hard to find time for your parents to see your children when they're constantly busy with school. That's why you should suggest they create a tradition out of the end-of-summer bonding. Maybe they'll craft a handmade cookbook out of all the new recipes they tried, or schedule an on-going board game competition to revisit every year. No matter what the new tradition becomes, it's likely that your children will start looking forward to the end of summer instead of dreading it.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living