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15 Ways to Strengthen Your Parent-Child Relationship

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Let’s face it, parenting is the most dichotomous thing you can do. On the one hand, it’s rewarding, heartwarming, and fulfilling. On the other, it can be frustrating, infuriating, disappointing, and hurtful. Whether it’s the best or worst of times in your household, being a parent is fraught with victories you should celebrate and challenges you must rise to meet every single day, even after your children are on their own.

Nurturing a healthy parent-child relationship from the moment your little one is born can make the journey you’ll inevitably share with your kid more enjoyable, fruitful, and meaningful for both of you in the short and long term. In many cases, that journey begins even before a child is born, as the foundation for a strong parent-child relationship is sometimes laid while the child is still in the womb.


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Why a Parent-Child Relationship Is Important

Having a solid relationship with your child is vital for a variety of reasons. Whether a child has a healthy relationship with a parent greatly influences the child’s future. When a child has a good relationship with a parent, he stands to:

  • Have a better chance of having content relationships with others
  • Develop the ability to regulate his emotions when in stressful situations
  • Enjoy enhanced mental and emotional development
  • Demonstrate optimistic and healthy social behaviors
  • Benefit from better academic success and social and emotional development
  • Learn superior problem-solving skills
  • Live with greater self-esteem
  • Avoid behavior problems

Parenting Hacks to Establish and Maintain a Positive Parent-Child Relationship

The most crucial relationship younger children have is the one they share with their parents. Children learn to navigate the world around them through the relationship they have with their caregivers, and it’s that relationship that kids use as the basis to establish and build relationships with others.

A healthy parent-child relationship is a vital component in a child’s development. The relationship you have with your kids can help them develop a secure attachment to you. When children’s development leads to a secure attachment with their parents, they experience fewer behavior problems, perform better in school, and have more self-esteem and resiliency.

Parents also stand to benefit from having a deep connection with their children. That’s because kids who feel connected to their caregivers are more apt to listen, help out around the house, behave, and follow directions. In addition, children who feel close to their parents are more likely to discuss problems or issues they’re experiencing in their day-to-day life with their folks.

1. Adjust your parenting style.

For you and your kids to enjoy the benefits of a positive parent-child relationship, there are a few things you can do. The first of which is to evaluate your parenting style.

As you probably guessed, the parent-child bond you manage to establish with your kids depends largely on your parenting style. The manners in which parents raise their children fall into four general categories, which are:

  • Permissive: Permissive parents are highly responsive to their children’s needs, and they’ll make sacrifices to ensure their kids are happy and content. These parents often let their kids make their own decisions rather than issuing directives, and they rarely set or enforce expectations and rules. Put simply, permissive parents usually act like their kids’ friends rather than authoritative figures.
  • Authoritative: Like their permissive counterparts, authoritative parents are highly responsive to their kids, but they make more demands of their children and they set very clear expectations and rules while enforcing them with understanding and forgiveness. Authoritative parents communicate with their children regularly, give their kids’ thoughts great consideration, and use “natural” consequences as teachable moments.
  • Neglectful: It’s not unusual for neglectful parents to struggle with their self-image and to have difficultly establishing close relationships with their peers. As the name of this category implies, neglectful parents aren’t particularly responsive to their children, and they typically allow their kids to fend for themselves with little parental involvement or attention given to their child’s needs.
  • Authoritarian: Authoritarian parents demand a lot of their kids, but they aren’t very responsive to their kids’ needs, thoughts, feelings, or opinions. This type of parent generally communicates in a one-way direction, from parent to kid. “Because I said so” is a common refrain in a household with authoritarian parents whenever a child questions the rationale of a rule, punishment, explanation, or consequence.

Studies show that an authoritative approach to parenting is the most likely to produce kids who are independent, self-reliant, and in possession of well-developed social skills. If the way you’re raising your young children is more closely aligned with another type of childrearing, you may want to make some changes that may be as simple as adjusting how you communicate with your kids and the frequency with which you talk to them.

2. Say, “I love you.”

Positive parenting involves communicating your affection for your children. One way you can do that is to tell them that you love them. When you say “I love you” to your kids, there is no chance that they’ll misinterpret your words. The statement communicates your feelings in a crystal-clear manner that speaks directly to the heart of the matter.

Don’t reserve those three powerful words for times when your kids are on their best behavior and everyone is getting along. Even when your child’s behavior is out of bounds and you and your kid are fighting, your child still needs to know you love her, so tell her that you do.

As hard as it might be at times, it’s important that kids know the love of their parents isn’t conditional. Whether things are smooth sailing or your family is navigating troubled waters, you need to tell your children you love them and always will no matter what.

3. Make physical connections.

Therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

While hugs are a wonderful way to demonstrate your love, they’re not the only type of physical connection you should make with your kids every day. Here are some other ways you can physically connect with your kids:

  • Make eye contact
  • Smile
  • Give a foot rub
  • Pat kids on the back
  • Tousle your children’s hair
  • Tickle your kids
  • Hold your child’s hand
  • Touch your kid’s cheek
  • Kiss your child on the forehead

No matter how eager you might be to physically connect with your kids, you may find that they rebuff your physical affection as they age, particularly during their teenage years. During times like that, be patient and ease your way into a physical connection by interacting with your teen on his terms. By refraining from forcing yourself onto your child, you’ll increase the likelihood that he’ll open up about his day-to-day life and welcome your physical touch when he’s ready.

4. Prioritize playtime.

If you want to improve your parent-child interaction, you should prioritize playing with your kids. Playing with your children causes all of your bodies to release refreshing and invigorating endorphins and oxytocin.

Daily play often leads to laughter and lasting memories. When kids laugh and play, they feel more connected, and they’re less likely to succumb to daily anxieties. Kids are less likely to misbehave and they’re more cooperative as a result.

5. Eliminate distractions.

When you’re spending quality time with your kids, you should eliminate distractions. Don’t just put your mobile phone down. Leave it in another room or turn it off. Refrain from turning the television on. If you’re in the car, turn off the radio. Even kids in their early childhood years will notice that they’re not the center of your attention if you’re playing a game on a device or be-bopping to a song.

Although that’s true, it’s worth noting that music can be a powerful bonding tool. If you’re having difficulty communicating with your kid on a given day, invite her to join you for a car ride. Turn on tunes you know your child likes and encourage her to sing along while you do the same. Don’t want to go for a ride? Ask Siri or Alexa to play your kid’s favorite playlist and have a dance party instead.

6. Make transitions easier.

Change can be difficult for adults even when they have a solid understanding of why a change is necessary. It can be even harder for children who don’t necessarily have a firm grip on the situation at hand.

Kids rely on their parents for stability and, quite frankly, sameness. When a change is imminent, it can be stressful for a child. To ease your kid’s anxiety, it’s important to connect with him so he can ease himself into the new situation without worry.

Look your child in the eye as you explain the changing circumstances to him. Inform him about why the change is happening and address him by name so that he’s assured his identity and well-being aren’t threatened by the change. If possible, make your kid laugh so he can release some of his anxiety through his giggles. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and help him work through any negative emotions he might be experiencing so he looks forward to the change rather than fearing it.

7. Engage in some teamwork.

Doing things together reminds your kids that your family is a team. Even when you do chores together, it sends a powerful message that your family is united and that you have your child’s back.

If you want to incorporate more teamwork into your family life, we suggest you rely on Adventures From Scratch. Let’s Roam has created a family-oriented, kid-friendly book of scratch-off adventures that are great for kids of all ages and families of all sizes.

Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition includes more than 50 challenges that are divided into intriguing categories. You can read a description of each adventure and choose one that will appeal to all participants. Once you scratch off your challenge, your family can work together as you complete your shared adventure.

A family scavenger hunt is another effective way for you to infuse your family life with some beneficial teamwork. Whether your kids are in early childhood, they’re young adults, or they land somewhere in between, you and your kids can work together to meet the demands of an in-home family scavenger hunt by Let’s Roam.

If you’re going to travel, you can sign your family up to flex its teamwork muscles in an on-site scavenger hunt by Let’s Roam in more than 400 cities across the globe. Just pick your destination city, select the type of hunt you want to embark upon, and sign up today.

8. Eat meals together.

Mealtimes don’t have to take a lot of time, but you should make it a point to eat with your family. When you eat together, it opens the door to sharing details about everyone’s daily lives as well as general conversation. Shared meals aren’t as much about the food as they are about the company, so don’t focus on the food prep as much as you pay attention to those around you.

9. Spend one-on-one time with your kids.

While spending time as a family is important, it’s just as crucial for you to spend one-on-one time with each one of your kids. Even if it’s just 15 minutes per day, you should dedicate some alone time with each child.

You should alternate between things your child wants to do and your preferred activities when you spend one-on-one time with your kid. For example, you can play your child’s favorite game on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but go for a walk around the neighborhood on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. No matter how you spend one-on-one time with your child, keep the line of communication open and encourage your kid to share whatever’s on their mind.

10. Allow your children to make decisions.

Even young children seek independence. You can foster their sense of self-reliance and independence by allowing your kids to make decisions—about certain things, at least. For starters, you can let your children choose the clothes they’re going to wear to daycare or school.

The key is to support their choices even if you don’t necessarily agree with them. You want to support their decision-making skills, not undercut them by voicing a contrary or critical opinion. On occasion, you may find that you have to look the other way when your child makes a decision you don’t agree with.

When you think about it, does it really matter if your child goes to school in mismatched clothes? No, it doesn’t. What matters is that your child made decisions about her attire and that she knows you support her choices.

11. Solicit help and opinions from your kids.

Kids feel useful and powerful when you ask them to help out with household chores like unloading groceries or folding the laundry. While that’s the case, a lot of parents miss out on those bonding opportunities because it’s easier to do a given task themselves.

To improve the parent-child relationship you share with your kids, ask them for assistance with household tasks, and be sure you demonstrate your appreciation by thanking them and telling them you value their help. Don’t stop there! Ask your kids for their opinions about certain things like a new hairstyle you’re considering. Be present as your children share their thoughts and actively listen to what they have to say so they feel empowered.

12. Welcome, but don’t overreact to, emotions.

Whether there’s a rational reason or not, kids experience all sorts of emotions, including negative ones. If your child is upset, don’t minimize or overreact to his feelings. Empathize with your child and reassure him while you let him work through his emotions. Let your child know that his feelings are justified so that he still feels connected to you.

Even though it’s hard to witness sometimes, it’s an honor when a child is comfortable enough in his relationship with you to show you that he’s upset or angry. So that the moment brings you closer together, it’s vital that you refrain from letting your child’s emotions trigger negative feelings.

When they’re upset, kids often start out by being angry. If you’re patient and calm, you can help your child work through that feeling and let his more vulnerable emotions come to the surface. Once your child calms down with you by his side, he’ll be more relaxed and he’ll feel an even closer connection to you.

13. Try to see things from your children’s perspective.

To better understand your children’s behavior and feelings, try to see things from their perspective. If you can imagine how frustrating it may be for your kids to wear matching outfits instead of what they’d prefer to wear, you may understand why your oldest daughter picks on your youngest in the car. Similarly, you may get to the bottom of some other behavior problems by adopting your kid’s viewpoint.

If you’re struggling to see something from a childlike perspective, talk to your child about his point of view. Listen and empathize with what your child shares with you. Process what he says, and then try to see the situation from his point of view again. If nothing else, your kid will appreciate your attempt to validate his perspective and emotions.

14. Slow down and enjoy the present.

It’s easy to get caught up in your daily schedule as you leave the office to rush the kids from one extracurricular activity to another before you race home to make dinner, do homework with the kids, and walk the dog. Although that’s the case, it’s advisable to slow down from time to time at least.

When you slow down, you can truly appreciate every parent-child interaction you have with your kids, and they’ll pick up on it. By taking a step back from your schedule and rolling with it, so to speak, you can enjoy the present moment without having to worry about or hurrying through the next activity.

Remember, the present moment is a gift, and it’s a gift that’s even better when you have the pleasure of spending it with your kids. Revel in the present and force yourself to slow down so you don’t miss even a single opportunity to connect with your children.

15. Talk to your kids at bedtime.

If you want to strengthen your parent-child relationships, make it a point to talk to your kids at bedtime. Kids, particularly teenagers, are often more forthcoming with personal information at the end of the day, so you should take full advantage of their nighttime chattiness.

No matter what your kids tell you before they nod off, be supportive and empathetic. If your child has a problem or concern, reassure her that you’ll handle it together the next day. Don’t forget to follow up with your child the next morning, so she’s certain you’re in it together, no matter what “it” might be.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some everyday behaviors that strengthen the parent-child relationship?

Things you do every day at home are opportunities to strengthen your parent-child relationship. For example, work on projects together, eat meals as a family, and talk to your kids at bedtime.

What types of activities could deepen my connection with my child?

Activities that allow you to work toward common goals can help deepen your relationship with your child. Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition contains over 50 bond-building challenges!

Is there a relationship between the parent-child bond and a child’s mental health?

Research shows that the parent-child relationship is closely related to the child’s mental health. Kids who lack a strong connection with a parent are at risk of developing symptoms of mental illness.


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The Ultimate List of Parenthood Quotes

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There are a lot of great things about being a parent, but, if grown-ups are honest, they’ll admit that parenthood isn’t always for the faint of heart. While raising kids is undeniably rewarding and fulfilling in many ways, the task often involves the occasional heartbreak and some difficult times.

The key to “surviving” parenthood is to do your best to retain a sense of humor and a cheery outlook even when the path ahead looks bleak due to behavioral issues, potty training challenges, or, simply, the terrible twos or dreaded teenage years. Although it’s not necessarily a quote about parenting, “this too shall pass” is a refrain that’s helped a countless number of parents get through tricky times with their kids and it may help you through some parenting struggles as well just like a list of parenthood quotes might.


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Print-Worthy Parenting Quotes

Similar to life quotes in general, parenting quotes run the gamut from the hilarious to the contemplative, grateful, and self-flagellating. Depending on your mood, outlook, and current circumstances, you may find that certain ruminations ring more truly than others at times. And there’s nothing wrong with that because there isn’t a shortage of parenting sayings to match all of parenthood’s ebbs and flows.

“It’s funny when you think back on the parent you thought you’d be before you had kids and how you judge other parents. Then you give in to the reality of it and just wing it.” – Maya Rudolph

Many young people judge parents before they become parents themselves, only to find themselves regretting it down the line. It’s easy to know everything before you’ve taken a dive into the otherworldliness that is parenting, but it’s another thing entirely when you’re actually responsible for a child’s life and you have to figure things out on the fly.

“Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they are born and start using sleep deprivation to torture you.” – Ray Romano

If you’re already raising kids, then it’s likely you know sleep deprivation all too well. Unfortunately, parenthood and sleep don’t usually go hand-in-hand but, hopefully, you can make up for those lost hours of sleep by dropping the kids off at their grandparents’ home for a long weekend.

“I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or the acting like you know what you’re doing.” – Jim Gaffigan

This funny parenting quote rings true for a lot of grown-ups, particularly new parents. Let us know which task you think is the most tiring in the comments section below!

“People who say they sleep like babies usually don’t have them.” – Leo J. Burke

This is one of our team’s favorite quotes simply because it’s so true.

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins

While every parent wants to give their kids the best experience growing up, the truth is parents are susceptible to making mistakes, suffering from mood swings, embarrassing their kids, and, even worse, ordering apple slices instead of fries when they get their children Happy Meals. The thing is, your kids will forgive all those things as long as they know you’ve got their backs, you love them unconditionally, and that you’re doing your level best.

“Having a child is like getting a tattoo … on your face. You better be committed.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

We couldn’t have said it any better. Nicely put, Elizabeth Gilbert!

“There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” – Anne Lamott

Whether you’re a first-time parent or you’ve raised a veritable brood of kids, parenting will tap your hearts and your very being in ways you never could have imagined. Parenthood will also open your mind up to new experiences you may not have considered otherwise.

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron

Leave it to Nora Ephron to come up with one of the most hilarious parenthood quotes of all time. Given the nature of her career, it should come as no surprise that Ephron is credited with various sharp-witted quips about parenting.

During her lifetime, Ephron was nominated for the Writer’s Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the following three films:

  • Silkwood
  • When Harry Met Sally…
  • Sleepless in Seattle

In addition to films like “Julie & Julia,” and “You’ve Got Mail,” Ephron scripted award-winning plays like “Imaginary Friends” and “Lucky Guy.” With such an enviable pedigree, we can only imagine what other quotes Ephron would have shared had she not passed away in 2012.

If you’re making dinner tonight, we have a bonus quip from Ephron for you, and it’s, “You can never have too much butter – that is my belief. If I have a religion, that’s it.”

“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.” – Marisa de los Santos

The author of “Love Walked In,” Marisa de los Santos is spot on when she says that, of all the balls you might have in the air, raising children is the one you can’t drop.

“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

We don’t know about you, but we think the former first lady’s words equate to one of the most inspirational quotes about child-rearing that we’ve come across to date. Set your kids up for success by believing in them from the start.

“Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption.” – Paul Reiser

Typically known for his comedic performances, there’s nothing funny about Paul Reiser’s quote about parenting. You have to look, love, and live beyond yourself to be a good parent. The moment you become a parent, the world stops being about you and starts being all about the tiny human being you’ve brought into the world.

“Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up.” — Jillian Michaels

If you’ve ever seen Jillian Michaels trying to motivate someone to work out, then you know she’s the polar opposite of a sissy. Michaels has two kids with ex-fiancée Heidi Rhoades, so we suspect that her parenting quote is based on firsthand experience.

“Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” – Gary Smalley

This is one of the inspirational quotes that remind us all about the power of the spoken word. Of course, the opposite is true, meaning saying the wrong things can dim or extinguish the light in the room of possibilities. With that in mind, it’s even more important for you to choose your words carefully whenever you have to discipline, correct, or constructively criticize your children.

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey has made a career out of her way with words for decades, and eager followers continue to lap up her pearls of wisdom to this day. Whether or not you’re a fan of the business mogul, this gem is 100 percent accurate.

If you doubt that, think about all the stepparents out there. Stepmoms and stepdads allow themselves to love children who aren’t theirs, and they often participate in the costs incurred to raise their stepchildren.

“We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

As Anne Lamott’s quote hinted at earlier, having children opens you up to love like you’ve never known before. While your kids know you love them, it probably won’t be until they have their own children that they’ll truly know how much or the way you care for them.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The former president certainly spoke the truth when he uttered this parenting quote, didn’t he? Parents can build their children for the future by nurturing, supporting, and encouraging them and doing the hardest part of parenting, disciplining, and constructively criticizing them when necessary.

“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.” – Dorothy Parker

Good one, Dorothy Parker! But you forgot to advise people to get an air compressor so they can put the air back in the tires when they need some “me time” away from their kids.

“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do, too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” – Joyce Maynard

Maynard’s quote is as much about the personal growth of both children and parents as it is the need for parents to raise their kids by example. If you want to set the example of spending quality time as a family, we suggest you get yourself a copy of Adventures from Scratch: Family Edition!

“A two-year old is kind of like a blender, but you don’t have any top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

This quip is one of the great quotes that are funny and relevant because they’re so undeniably and universally relatable. If you think of a two-year-old having a tantrum in a public place like a grocery store, Seinfeld’s statement rings particularly true. That’s because, at that moment, the kid’s parent wishes more than anything that they had a top for their blender-like child so they could stop being the subject of onlookers’ stares.

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers

Children need unconditional love to grow into the best versions of their adult selves. Unless your kids are doing something that’s not appropriate, you should try to refrain from correcting them. Children learn through mistakes and they should be able to express themselves how they choose. Just because you might not agree that your children should take up the trumpet and drums respectively, it doesn’t mean you should correct their choices because there’s nothing wrong with them.


Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best parenting advice?

Some of the best advice for moms and dads comes in the form of parenting quotes. Whether the source is a world-renowned celebrity or an “average” parent, there are so many words of wisdom!

What is a good parenting quote?

Gary Smalley once said, “Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” Find more parenting quotes at AdventureBook.com!

What are some funny parenting quotes?

Check out the parenting quotes at AdventureBook.com to find funny samples from Jerry Seinfeld, Maya Rudolph, Paul Reiser, and others. While you’re there, pick up a scratch-off family adventure book!


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The Importance of Family Bonding

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Author of New York Times bestseller The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, once advised, “You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life.” Tapping into a similar vein, Princess Diana is credited with saying, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” Before his death in 2019, Lee Iacocca asked, “No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”

Clearly, bright minds, like those just mentioned, recognize the importance of family members and bonding with them. Family bonding is vital as it has the potential to yield benefits that last a lifetime.

It’s important to distinguish between spending time with family members and bonding. It’s easy to spend time with others doing mindless things like watching television. By contrast, family bonding time requires participants to be engaged and to actively interact with one another. Let’s take a closer look at family bonding activities and their potential benefits!


Bond With Your Family Through Adventures

When it’s time for a family day or night, it can be difficult to come up with creative ideas—but it doesn’t have to be! Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition was written by exploration experts and features fun activities for everyone. Each scratch-off book includes over 50 creative challenges to keep you on your toes. The kids will love scratching the book’s pages to uncover each new adventure! Grab your copy today.


Benefits of Family Bonding

As we just mentioned, investing yourself in family bonding time can produce lifelong benefits for family members of all ages. For starters, bonding can strengthen your relationships with your loved ones. It can also help the kids in your family develop more meaningful relationships with people outside your home, such as their coaches, classmates, and teachers because your children will mimic the interactive behavior they participate in at home in other environments.

Here are some of the other benefits that often accompany family bonding activities:

  • Improved communication: When you actively engage in bonding, it can help your loved ones communicate better. Participants will understand each other more readily, develop improved listening skills, and acquire an appreciation for perspectives and viewpoints other than their own.
  • Better conflict resolution: Family time provides a safe space for participants to express their true feelings, and it creates a peaceful time for people to resolve their disagreements without judgment or lingering negative feelings. As your family learns to resolve their differences, those conflict resolution skills will carry over to challenging situations that occur outside of your home.
  • Greater Self-Esteem: Quality family time has the proven ability to increase children’s self-esteem. When you spend quality time with your kids, they’ll feel loved and accepted, which can greatly increase their self-image and self-worth.
  • Deeper connections: The rigors of daily life sometimes get in the way of family time, but you should actively take steps to prevent that from happening. Even if you have a tight schedule, you should pencil in family time several times per week. By doing so, you can reconnect with your family and strengthen your family relationships, which will increase the likelihood that your kids will come to you if they’re experiencing problems.
  • Mutual Respect: When you spend time with your own family, you’ll see that your partner and your kids will start to appreciate each other’s individual personalities, quirks, and opinions. That appreciation will help to foster an environment that rests on the mutual respect the members of your household have for each other.
  • Unity: Spending time together helps families feel united. When you nurture your familial relationships through bonding, it will help your family to stick together through thick and thin no matter what.

Family Bonding Activities

If you’re eager for your entire family to enjoy the benefits that accompany bonding with each other, you might be trying to think of some bonding ideas your whole family can get behind. Luckily, bonding activities run the gamut from board games like Monopoly to annual retreats, family vacations, and ice cream socials, so finding things to do that everyone will enjoy or at least find tolerable is a fairly easy task.

Host a Family Game Night

Does your whole family live in one home or do you share the same hometown? If your whole family lives with you or they reside nearby, you may want to host a traditional game night involving board games, video games, and physically interactive games like charades.

Hosting a game night might be a little trickier if your family is scattered throughout the country or around the world. While that may have been true at one time, it’s not necessarily the case any longer thanks to digital platforms like Let’s Roam. Let’s Roam makes planning a virtual family game night a breeze no matter where your relatives are located.

Do Some Adventures from Scratch

Adventures from Scratch is a series of books that consist of fun-filled, scratch-off adventures. “Adventures from Scratch: Family Edition” includes more than 50 family-friendly adventures you can do at home or while your family vacations in a far-away location. No matter which challenge you choose to undertake, your adventure will strengthen the bonds you share with your loved ones as you work together to tackle the challenge.

If your family consists of you and your partner, you’ll want to check out “Adventures from Scratch: Date Edition.This book includes 55+ challenges that fall into an array of intriguing categories. You can’t go wrong with any of the adventures in this book if your goal is to be closer to your significant other.

Plan a Family Dinner

Food brings people together across many cultures. If you want a strong family, we suggest you plan regular family dinners. A family dinner doesn’t just give you the chance to break bread with your family. It also gives you the opportunity to talk, laugh, reminisce, and cook together.

While some people wait for a special occasion like a holiday to plan a dinner for their extended family, there’s no reason to do so. To strengthen your familial bonds, plan family meals monthly or, better yet, weekly. When you break bread with family members often enough, the meal itself becomes a regular special occasion everyone will look forward to.

Even if your relatives live in different locations, you can still involve them in an upcoming family meal. Depending on where they live, you can use a service like Amazon Prime Now, Schipt, or Instacart to have the ingredients your loved ones will need to make the food you plan to serve. Then, you can get everyone together using a platform like Zoom so you can all cook together.

Schedule a Family Movie Night

Do you want to have some family fun, but you want to unwind during some downtime at the same time? If that idea appeals to you, we suggest you schedule a family movie night. Movie nights are a great way to spend time with your family unit without requiring much effort from you. To plan a movie night, you simply have to pick a movie everyone will like, throw some popcorn in the microwave, and sit back and enjoy the flick with your family.

While watching a movie isn’t particularly interactive by nature, you can use the flick as the basis for a post-film family discussion. You can also encourage viewers to share their thoughts and observations during the film. In fact, doing so can make comedies even funnier if your loved ones add onto jokes with their own funny comments.

Establish Family Traditions

Many people think of events like annual family reunions when the notion of establishing family traditions comes to mind, but traditions don’t have to be big functions involving extended family. While you might want to plan a big event that will repeat itself every year, you can also establish traditions on a much smaller, more manageable scale.

Here are some of the smaller-scale family traditions you may want to consider:

  • Monthly family days out
  • Attending a cultural event every two or three months
  • Reading aloud or telling family stories every week
  • Seasonal family picnics

Volunteer Together

Volunteering as a family is a fun way to give back to the community you share with your neighbors. To get everyone involved, pick a non-profit that has a cause with a purpose that resonates with your whole family. When you volunteer as a family, your relatives will have the chance to flex their teamwork muscles as they work together on behalf of a good cause.

If you have young children, their ages may prohibit them from volunteering at certain charities due to liability reasons. In that case, you may want to volunteer online. Even if your kids are too young to actively participate, they’ll see that you’re dedicating time to helping others, which will make it more likely that they’ll follow your example as they age.

Here are some online volunteer opportunities you may want to consider, including some kid-friendly options:

  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
  • Cards for a Cause
  • Writing Wonders Organization
  • Caring Calls
  • Be My Eyes
  • The Trevor Project
  • Distributed Proofreaders
  • Lifetime Connections Without Walls

Do you want to volunteer, but don’t want to make a lengthy commitment to just one organization? Your family can still volunteer online. You can choose a charity and conduct a fundraiser to benefit that organization using your social media pages, for example. Hosting a silent auction online is a fun way to help yet another non-profit.

Put Family Meetings on Your Calendar

Scheduling family meetings and setting expectations for attendance is a smart way to ensure your family will show up for the get-togethers. While meetings at work are often formal affairs, get-togethers with family members can as fun and riotous as you want them to be.

Although it’s common to bring family together when you need to discuss a serious subject, regular meetings can simply represent occasions when you catch up with your loved ones. By getting together often, your family can develop improved social skills, strengthen their family bonds, share some laughs, and demonstrate that they care about each other’s physical well-being and mental health.

Organize International Nights

In today’s increasingly global, connected society, it’s more important than ever for people to have an appreciation of and respect for other cultures. With that in mind, you may want to put together some international nights, with each one celebrating a different nation and its culture.

Ask each member of your family to find a fact or two about the culture you choose so they can present their findings during the relevant international night. To take things a step further, consider making culturally appropriate food so your family can have an even more immersive cultural experience. If possible, ask your family to dress in culturally relevant clothing, and plan some light programming that represents the culture your family will learn about.

Go on a Family Scavenger Hunt

The only thing that’s better than a scavenger hunt is participating in a hunt with your family. Let’s Roam offers in-home family scavenger hunts and we’ve arranged outdoor scavenger hunts in more than 400 cities around the world. Schedule an in-home family scavenger hunt or an app-led onsite scavenger hunt today.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should my family bring to an outdoor scavenger hunt?

If you’re going to use an onsite scavenger hunt to bond with your family, refer to our blog post that tells readers what to bring on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to share the post with your family so your loved ones will know what to bring, too.

Can you recommend some kid-friendly movies for an upcoming movie night?

We’ve created a curated list of 21 must-see movies for kids that will help you choose an age-appropriate film for your next movie night with the family.

What should I expect from an in-home family scavenger hunt?

If you’ve never done an in-home family scavenger hunt before, you might be wondering what to expect. Our team created the ultimate guide to virtual scavenger hunts that will help you understand how your hunt will enable your family to bond.


Parenting

How to Promote Healthy Family Communication

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Even though many of us take it for granted, family communication is the foundation for a successful life as a family. Effective communication is the number one tool we all have at our disposal to interact with family members, friends, and everyone else we come into contact with. Good communication is a factor you can control to ensure your home and your family relationships are more positive than negative.

Research shows that the quality of familial interactions greatly influences how satisfied family members are with their relationships with one another. As you’d suspect, ineffective or negative communication patterns typically have a negative impact on relationships and they’re often an indicator of increased arguments and disagreements among family members.

To free your family of negative communication patterns, you’ll have to do some work. In fact, your whole family may need to address some issues that are preventing your family from communicating in a healthy manner. Overcoming your own emotional and communicative immaturities, being more mindful and thoughtful, and exercising patience collectively represent a good place to start for anyone who wants to improve their family communication.


Make the Most of Quality Time

Spending time together can strengthen relationships between members of the family and create opportunities that help open lines of communication for comfortable discussions. By sharing in positive activities, conquering challenges, and working as a unified family unit, you will build better bonds.

Adventures from Scratch: Family Edition can help you (literally) uncover unique adventures that you can do together. With over 50 ideas inside, this interactive book allows you to scratch off a new challenge every week to keep you busy for a whole year!


Negative Family Communication Patterns

According to Psychology Today, parents make some common mistakes when they deal with their children’s unacceptable behavior. When well-intentioned parents make these mistakes, it creates conflict and, even worse, damages their relationships with their kids and each other.

Here are the most common communication patterns that result in deteriorating relationships among family members:

  • Parents blaming each other for their kids’ misbehavior
  • Shaming, lecturing, or criticizing their children
  • Putting too much emphasis on punishments
  • Announcing new rules with no family discussion
  • Demonstrating disrespectful or impulsive actions

Tips to Improve Your Family Communication Patterns

No matter how eager you are to improve your family interactions, you need to understand that it will take time and effort to make sustainable changes, particularly if your kids are older and they have established communication patterns of their own. All hope isn’t lost, however. The adage “good things come to those who wait” has been around for generations, after all. In this case, you’ll have to actively wait for changes to occur.

What does actively wait mean? It means you’ll have to be patient for lasting changes to your family interactions to occur while you simultaneously participate in the changes themselves.

Lead by Example

Whether you’re working on communication between members of your nuclear family or your extended family, it’s important for you to lead by example. The quality of communication between parents has a big impact on the effectiveness of their parenting, their relationships with their kids, and their children’s happiness.

With those things in mind, improving your family’s overall communication should start with you making some key changes to the way you interact with your significant other. When you talk to your partner, make sure you model positive behavior and be mindful of your body language and the words you choose. Avoid displaying behavior that’s disrespectful or dismissive and refrain from using language that’s degrading, demoralizing, or confrontational.

Choose to be a united front with your partner. If you have a disagreement, work it out in private if you can. Arguments that happen in front of your kids should be respectful and include no name-calling or labeling. Just because you might not have liked what your partner did, it doesn’t make them a “loser” or any other sort of derogatory being. To prevent mixed messaging among your kids, inform them of parenting decisions with your partner at your side after the two of you have reached an agreement.

Make Yourself Available

It can be challenging to carve out time to talk to family members but doing so should be a priority. Even if you set aside just 10 minutes to talk to each of your family members every day, it can be the differentiating factor between perpetuating unhealthy communication habits and developing new, healthier communication skills.

During the time you speak to family members individually, make sure there are no distractions. Turn off the TV or radio and leave your smartphone in the other room so you can give your family members your undivided attention. Make eye contact with your loved ones and let them know that you hear and value whatever information they choose to share with you. While the information may seem inconsequential to you, it’s important enough for your family member to bring up in conversation, so be grateful.

Practice Active Listening

Active listening is an art of sorts that’s essential to effective communication. To put it simply, active listening simply is a listening style that keeps a person fully engaged and immersed in a conversation with someone else in a positive, supportive manner. By practicing active listening, you make the person speaking feel as if they’ve been heard and you demonstrate that their message has value.

Just hearing what someone says isn’t the same as active listening. When you actively listen to another person, you’re concentrating on their words and reacting to what they’re saying.

Here are some characteristics of active listening that make the practice distinct from merely hearing what someone says:

  • Active listening is a nonjudgmental and neutral art
  • The practice entails patience, without you filling in silent stretches with mindless or unrelated chatter
  • Active listening involves physical signs and nonverbal communication that shows you’re listening, such as eye contact, leaning in, smiling, frowning, nodding, shaking your head, etc.
  • The practice often involves a listener asking questions, reflecting on what’s been said, and requesting clarification of certain points
  • In general, a person engaged in active listening will summarize what’s been said at the end of a speaker’s dialogue

As an active listener, it’s vital that you refrain from interrupting the conversation or inserting your own ideas, remembrances, or remedies into the dialogue. The point of the practice is for you to listen to what the speaker has to say. To do that without interrupting, it’s helpful to remember that what the person is telling you is more about them than it is you. That recognition can go a long way toward improving your communication patterns when you interact with your family.

As an active listener, it’s necessary for you to know when it’s okay or appropriate to change the subject from what someone was talking about to something else. As a general rule, you should avoid changing the subject abruptly because you may give the speaker the impression that you weren’t listening or that their message is meaningless to you. Remember, active listening is a learned behavior. By modeling the practice, you can help your family members adopt active listening skills.

Empathize

Empathizing with another person is important if you want to improve your family interactions. When you empathize, you basically tune into someone else’s feelings and let them know you understand what they’re going through. There is no judgment or pity in empathizing. The practice is all about relating to what someone else is experiencing.

To empathize in a helpful manner, it’s crucial that you avoid telling someone what you’re feeling. It’s equally important to avoid trivializing the person’s emotions by saying things like “it’s ridiculous to feel that way” or “you’ll understand better when you have kids of your own.” The person has a right to feel however they do about the issue at hand, and you need to respect that even if you think the person’s reaction is over the top.

Schedule Family Time

Also known as quality time, family time is time you dedicate to being with your family members. Family time should be a regular thing for your family as it will give you the chance to make lasting memories, interact, and get caught up with each other’s lives and recent experiences.

Some families struggle to schedule quality time because their lives are already so busy. Just like work and your kids’ extracurricular activities are important, so is family time. To get the most out of these familial get-togethers, you should prioritize family time as much as you do work and other things that are important to you and your family members.

To make your kids excited about family time, you might want to plan some fun activities your family can do together. For starters, you can get a family adventure book from Let’s Roam. As its name implies, our family adventure book is designed to take your whole family on adventures. The book includes fun-filled bonding activities for kids of all ages, and it enables everyone to employ their imaginations.

Alternatively, you might want to invite your family to play some hilarious online trivia games during your scheduled quality time. Online trivia games are a ton of fun and family members can participate from any location that has an internet connection.

Engage in Activities Together

In addition to playing online trivia games, you should do other things as a family. If you want to practice mindfulness, you may want to learn how to meditate with your family members. Are your children artistic? Your family can create artwork together or you can visit an art museum or gallery as a group.

If you want to open your children’s minds up to new experiences, consider taking them to a lecture, a live performance of some kind, or a book reading. Spiritual centers often offer family activities, such as retreats. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while spending time with loved ones.

Provide Positive Reinforcement

In some cases, it can be easy for parents to overlook their kids’ improved communication skills. It’s wise to keep an eye out for instances where your children put their new communication patterns into practice and to praise them. By praising their new skills, you’ll increase the chances that those new communication practices will become lifelong habits.

Your praise doesn’t have to be elaborate. Simply telling your child that you liked the way she phrased something or just thanking your child for sharing some information with you is enough to communicate your approval and appreciation.

Establish Rituals

Families typically have three types of rituals, patterned interactions, traditions, and celebrations. While the three kinds of rituals are different, they’re all important to family communication.

Patterned interactions are the most common type of family ritual because they occur regularly, as their name suggests. These rituals include things like eating together, going to bed, and having company over. Although patterned interactions are less formal than other rituals, they’re still very important to a cohesive family life as they reinforce common beliefs and shared values.

Traditions often vary from family to family. Family traditions are events like birthdays, annual vacations, and family reunions. Your family traditions are built around the things that are important to you and your family. Because you create family traditions over time, these rituals are the results of the means you use to make family decisions.

Family celebrations are more formal affairs that represent more standardized norms across cultures. Examples of family celebrations include weddings, graduations, holidays like Thanksgiving, and rites of passage, such as quinceañeras and bar and bat mitzvahs.

Celebrations are usually celebrated widely within a culture. In addition to giving families a reason to rejoice, family celebrations give people the chance to celebrate their culture, establish stability within their families, and create familial customs that will last for generations.

Make Major Decisions as a Team

If you have to make a decision that will impact your entire family like where you’re going to take your next family vacation, include everyone in the decision-making process, even young kids. Kids of all ages will have an opinion about where your family should spend its vacation, and it’s important to give everyone a voice in the discussion.

Even if you already have a vacation destination in mind, you can still involve the rest of your family in the final decision. Just letting your family members express their thoughts and opinions might be all that’s needed for them to get behind your idea for a vacation. If there’s resistance to your chosen destination, a family meeting will give you the opportunity to explain your choice and address any dissenting opinions.

For example, your children might not be in favor of a local staycation. But they might be more enthused if you explain you’re looking for staycation ideas from them because of the pandemic. Similarly, your kids might frown when you mention spending your upcoming vacation with extended family members, but they might rally behind the idea if you tell them that’s the best option considering your household budget.

Be Supportive of Independent Choices

While big decisions that affect the whole family should be made as a team whenever possible, your kids and significant other should still be free to make their own choices about smaller things. Depending on your child’s age and maturity level, you may want to let her choose what she wears to school regardless of what you personally think about the outfit she puts together. If your husband decides to make lasagna on a night when you’d prefer nachos, be thankful and supportive.

You don’t have to agree with every decision your family members make to be supportive. Just because they choose an available option that you wouldn’t doesn’t mean their choice is wrong. It simply means it’s their choice, and it’s an expression of their thoughts, opinions, and values, which you need to respect.

Acknowledge and Respect Differences

No two people are exactly alike regardless of how closely related they might be. Acknowledging and respecting the differences that exist between your family members can help improve your overall communication.

The key is to acknowledge and respect in equal measure so that no one feels slighted, undervalued, or ignored. If one of your kids excels at sports, you shouldn’t favor him over another child who is a musical prodigy just because you prefer the former extracurricular activity over the latter. Both skills are wonderful talents that should be acknowledged, supported, and respected equally.

As it relates to communication, it’s important to recognize that not everyone is going to communicate in the same way. Some family members may find it easier to share information in a one-on-one conversation instead of in a family meeting. There’s nothing wrong with that!

Just like people have different talents, skills, and strengths, they have preferred communication patterns. As you labor to improve your family communication, make it a point to pay attention to those patterns so you can adapt to them seamlessly to keep the conversation going.

Share Family Stories

Family stories are important, and you should share them with the members of your family. By sharing stories, you can connect generations indelibly, even if some family members have passed on. Hearing stories will help your kids know their roots and why certain extended family members are the way they are and act the way they do.

Sharing stories is a great way to reinforce traditions. Stories are also fantastic conversation starters. Your kids might want to know more about how their grandmother fought injustice before she immigrated to the United States. Did you play sports in high school or college? Your children may want to hear about your athletic achievements, and they might be inspired to follow in your footsteps.

Take an Active Interest in Your Family Members’ Lives

To improve your family’s communication, you should take an active interest in your family members’ lives. Does your daughter play sports? Attend her games, observe a practice, and talk to her about her experience on the field. Is your son a performer? Go to his shows, cheer him on, and discuss his performance on the way home.

Taking an active interest in the lives of your family members will show you care about what matters to them. It also increases the chances that they’ll talk to you about their interests openly because they know you care and support them without judgment.

Create Family Rules

It’s unrealistic to expect everyone to interact properly if they’re unsure about how they should engage with one another. Whether you do it as a family or you and your partner establish rules, you have to set guidelines for your family’s communication and interactions.

One rule you may want to consider is that everyone has to do an assigned household chore every day. Even if your 12-year-old stomps around the house as he’s collecting dishes to put into the dishwasher, it’s okay as long as he does his chore. Your child has every right to express his opinion about his chore by stomping his feet, but he still has to complete his assigned task.

You may want to establish guidelines for communication, too. Banning sarcasm, forbidding eye-rolling, and ruling out other disrespectful behaviors like interrupting is a good place to start. Requiring everyone to participate in a family meeting is another rule you may want to set. Even if a given family member is reluctant to speak during a family meeting, you can involve the person by asking them a direct question that requires more than a one-word answer.

Roam from Home

To get the communication going, consider scheduling some fun family activities through Let’s Roam. Our fun-filled city scavenger hunts and in-home family adventures help loved ones communicate while enjoying each other’s company and completing engaging tasks. Contact us so your family can roam from home today!


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best ways to improve communication with my family?

Show an interest in your family members’ lives, practice active listening, show empathy, and acknowledge and respect differences. For more details, see these tips for healthy family communication.

Are there any activities that can help family communication?

Consider a book like “Adventures from Scratch” to find family activities that will help you bond and communicate. No matter which idea you choose, practice active listening as you spend time together

What are some good ground rules for family communication?

If you’re establishing guidelines for healthy family communication, think about banning sarcasm, forbidding eye-rolling, and ruling out other disrespectful behaviors like interrupting.

Parenting

Tips for How to Get Kids Off Electronics

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One of the most common questions that parents today want an answer to is, “How do I get my kids off electronics?” With online lessons becoming the new norm, children are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. While this may affect their physical well-being, it also has effects on interpersonal relationships. The digital world may get in the way of children learning about the real world and face-to-face relationships. This is why young people need to socialize, make friends, and explore the outdoors. When they discover the real world, they will be able to form meaningful relationships too. If you’re wondering how to get kids off electronics, our helpful tips will have your back!


Have Some Device-Free Fun!

When you’re trying to limit screen use and increase family bonding and physical activity, planning an adventure can be an enticing way to get the kids’ attention! It’s not always easy to come up with creative things to do, but with Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition, you’ll have 50+ suggestions at your fingertips. Each page of this interactive book has an exciting scratch-off challenge. Find some new ways to have fun today!


1. Start a family log.

The first step of how to get your kids off electronics is to maintain a family screen time log for a week. This will help you identify which devices and apps your children use the most, be it their computer, cell phone, or iPad.

The rules are simple—ask every family member to note down how much screen time they spend on each electronic device in a day. You can use the Screen Time app on your phone to collect this information.

Then, check how much of their free time is spent on gadgets. This works well with older children (like pre-teens, tweens, and teenagers). Once you show them the numbers (for instance, “You spend 60% of your free time on your phone), they will be motivated to replace it with more enjoyable activities.

2. Set a time limit.

Once you’ve had an insight into the amount of time is spent on each gadget, set limits and timers accordingly. Ideally, your child should spend a quarter or less of their free time on electronics. Use a timer so that your child can see how much time they have, and plan accordingly. Try to time these limits with natural breaks. This will establish some simple time management rules too.

For example, if you want your child to spend no more than an hour playing video games, ask them to stop after they’ve finished a level ahead of time. If you ask them to stop midway, they might not be very enthusiastic about following the rules.  

3. Require coupons for media use.

A simple way to reduce screen time and keep your children engaged is to incentivize gadget-free time. After you do the math and decide upon the number of hours of screen time a day, break it down into coupons of 15 minutes each.

For every hour that your child reads a book or plays outdoors, they get a coupon to spend 15 minutes of screen time.

These coupons will also help set limits. For example, only 2 coupons can be redeemed simultaneously. This will help your children take optimal breaks.

You can also have contests to see who spends the most time without gadgets. The person that can stay the longest without a gadget gets to pick dessert for the next family meal!

4. Don’t use “phone time” as a reward.

When you give out screen time coupons, make sure you don’t end up using them as rewards for good behavior. For example, if your child scores well on a test, don’t give them extra phone time coupons as a reward. Remember that the coupons are to increase the time spent without screens.

Give them the screen time coupons only after they’ve spent time on alternative activities (like playing outdoors, DIYing some crafts, or building a hobby).

5. Use parental control settings.

When it comes to how to keep kids off electronics, parental control settings can be a valuable resource. It helps limit screen time, particularly with toddlers and preschoolers.

Young children may not understand rules and negotiation. In this case, you can use timed parental control settings that freeze the screen when time is up.

Similarly, you can password-protect apps to have more control over how long they spend on gadgets.

Keep in mind that conversation and negotiation is the most sustainable solution when dealing with gadgets. Use passwords and parental control settings sparingly; try to replace them with rule-setting and positive reinforcement.

6. Don’t use electronics as a distraction.

A common mistake that parents might do is to use electronics to distract younger children (particularly during mealtime). If you use electronics to keep your children occupied while you work, it will get difficult to wean them off the habit.

Use other activities like board games, coloring books, and hobbies to engage your children. Eat meals mindfully, and try not to use phones as a distraction while feeding them.

7. Start a long-term project.

If you’re wondering how to keep kids off electronics in a sustainable way, a long-term hobby is key. A long-term passion project is a wonderful way to keep your children occupied during vacation and summer breaks.

For example, turn a small portion of your backyard into a garden. Let your child be in charge of everything garden-related—right from picking which seeds to plant, sowing them, watering them, and caring for them. This will give them something meaningful to do every day. They will be more likely to spend time tending to the garden, doing their research, and taking care of their new interest.

Similarly, you can also take up woodworking, long-term science projects, repair work, home renovation projects, and many more. The older your child, the more you can involve them while brainstorming and researching new solutions. This will give you some great bonding moments too!

8. Have gadget-free times.

A simple rule when it comes to limiting electronic use is to establish media-free time. For example, mealtime is a great time to limit the use of phones. If children use electronics while eating food, they may not be mindful about what they eat. Instead, have family meals together and have meaningful conversations with the little ones. The dinner table should be an iPhone-free zone.

Similarly, using electronics right before bed is not a good idea. The blue light from the screen may interfere with their sleep cycle, making it difficult for them to fall asleep.

So, some optimal screen-free times would be during mealtime, right before bed, and during homework time.

9. Have gadget-free days.

In case you’re looking for ways to engage the whole family, organize a gadget-free day. Not only will this help you reduce screen time, but it will bring the entire family together and help them bond. Start slowly by organizing a gadget-free evening every week.

You can spend this time playing some board games or trying an activity from Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition. Using the guide next to each adventure, you can pick an activity that will keep you occupied all evening. Slowly, you can build this into an entire day of no gadgets—just quality time!

10. Go outdoors.

One of the easiest ways to get your child off electronics is to take them outdoors. Be it on evening family picnics, walks to the park, a neighborhood scavenger hunt, playdates, or basketball games, enjoying the outdoors is a quick way to wean them off devices.

Children are always looking to discover exciting things. When you make the outdoors seem more exciting, they will pick it over staying in their room and playing video games.

Take your children out for games in the park or beach every evening. If you have a backyard, play some games with them every day. They’ll get some exercise, and stay off the phone!

11. Get crafty.

In case you’d like your children to stay indoors, get crafty!

Buy some art supplies off Amazon and try painting, drawing, or making crafts. Younger children will love finger painting, vegetable printing, and making slime. Older kids will love making sculptures, cards, and other nifty items.

You can also keep them occupied by trying out some science experiments. Not only will they have an epic time, but they’ll also learn something new!

12. Spend family time.

After you’re back from a day of work, spend some quality time with your kids. You can try reading a book together, playing some card games, taking a walk, or even cooking some new recipes together. When you replace gadget-time with family time, your children will enjoy spending time with people and making meaningful memories.

13. Spend time online together.

Placing a blanket ban on gadgets is not a sustainable thing to do; your child may be more likely to rebel. However, leaving your children unsupervised on the internet is also not ideal. A simple compromise is to join them. If your child loves playing video games, try playing Fortnite or Minecraft with them. This way, the entire family will be able to connect and bond over a common interest. After your daily limit, the whole squad can stop using gadgets and do something else together.

If your child misses the thrill and excitement of video games, why not bring the fun IRL? A scavenger hunt is an epic way to spend some energy, get the adrenaline rush going, and get some quality time in. Let’s Roam offers a variety of app-led scavenger hunts for the family, both outside the house and inside!

14. Set a good example and be firm.

When it comes to how to keep kids off electronics, the most important thing to do is to set a good example and be a role model. Children learn by observing the adults around them. If you spend too much time on the computer or your phone, chances are, your children will do so too.

When you set a good example and follow all the rules of the house, your children will follow suit. So if you set a no-phone rule during mealtime, make sure you follow it too.

This also means you have to be firm with your boundaries and rules. Whenever you set a boundary with your children, talk to them about the consequences of their actions. Talk to them about how it makes you feel when your boundaries are being disrespected. Grounding may work with older children, but significant change will occur when you talk about your authentic feelings.

Remember—cooperation and mutual respect are key!


Closing Thoughts

When you’re wondering how to get kids off electronics and social media, you might be tempted to have gadget bans and impose strict rules. While your frustration is understandable, the goal of gentle parenting is not to ban technology at home. The idea is to strike a balance between technology and real-world activities. When you make the alternative to gadgets seem worth it, your children will naturally stop using gadgets excessively. Interesting activities (like a page out of Adventures From Scratch) can make a huge difference!


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get my kids off electronics?

To help get kids off electronics, spend meaningful time with them at home by playing games, starting new hobbies, and enforcing some consistent rules.

What is a good way to reduce the time kids spend on devices?

When you’re trying to reduce screen time and get kids off electronics, try using a coupon system to balance online and gaming time with other aspects of their lives.

What can parents offer kids to entice them off their phones?

An interactive book (like Adventures From Scratch) can offer your children something to do that doesn’t require being glued to screens. Family bucket list activities and crafts for kids can help!


Parenting

30 Mom Hacks for Parenting, Cooking, Cleaning, and More

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Every mom knows that clever mom hacks are worth more than gold. Juggling work, kids, and the home is quite a task, and having creative solutions for everyday issues makes a big difference. Who wouldn’t want some nifty tips and tricks to make your days go more smoothly? From child psychology resources to mom life bloggers, on social media and beyond, we’ve scoured the best sources to give you some great lifestyle and parenting tips!


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Parenting Tips

1. If your child throws tantrums, do not immediately give in.

If there was a parenting school, this should be the first lesson. A child that throws tantrums is not a ‘difficult’ or stubborn child. It just means that she has not learned to handle emotions yet. This is perfectly okay. If you give in to the tantrum right away, this reinforces the thought that crying will get the child whatever she wants. This sets a precedent for entitled behavior.

This doesn’t mean you completely ignore the child when she cries. When a child has a blowout, the parent must step in and provide comfort. Before you do so, take a breath to regulate your emotions and calm down. Then, speak calmly and patiently to the child and hug her. Rub her back, soothe her, and let the emotion pass.

When she stops crying, you can then get her a snack or a toy to tell her everything is okay.

2. Set an example by saying “sorry” and “thank you.

Most parents suggest that their children apologize for doing something wrong and thank others for acts of kindness. However, some parents demand this at the time of an occurrence, when a child is still processing what happened. They may also scold the child if they do not immediately react. This sets a poor precedent.

Little ones typically don’t learn only by listening to your orders, but also by watching and observing your actions. If you practice gratitude, forgiveness, and politeness everywhere, your child is more likely to follow in your footsteps.

For instance, if you unintentionally do something wrong (like pulling your child’s hair too much while combing her hair), apologize in a heartfelt way so that she learns that apologizing is a good thing.

3. Teach your kids to label their emotions.

Every day, your kid learns something new by observing things around them. Some things may make your kid sad or angry. When they don’t know what emotion they are feeling, they tend to cry.

So, crying need not always indicate pain. It is a way to release their emotions whenever they feel them, even in the middle of the night. When you help your child label these feelings, they will be able to talk to you about them.

For example, when your child comes crying to you after watching a scary movie, teach them that they are experiencing ‘fear.’ Similarly, if your child cries if someone breaks their favorite toy, teach them that they are experiencing ‘anger.’

Once you label these emotions, you can soothe your child the next time they feel the same way by using statements like, “I understand that you are feeling angry right now. I am here to support you.” This will help your children become emotionally intelligent adults.

P.S. An easy way to get your children to open up to you is by spending quality time with them. Your children will find it easier to speak openly to you when they feel comfortable and happy around you. One such way to spend quality time with them is to play games with the entire family. Take a look at some ways you can make some fun crafts with your family.

4. Trim your children’s nails while they are sleeping.

This mom hack works for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers alike. Every mom knows that cutting her child’s nails is quite a task. The easiest way to do this is to cut her nails while she’s fast asleep.

On the day that you want to cut her nails, give her a warm bath before bed. This will help soften her nails. This way, you’ll be able to quickly and painlessly cut her nails before she wakes up.

In case she does wake up, do not startle her or panic. Just put her back to sleep again in a soothing voice. You can cut the other nails during the child’s next nap.

5. Use a frozen pacifier for teething pains.

This hack applies to new moms with infants. Every mommy knows that teething pains can get quite intense. If your chest hurts because of how hard your child bites you while feeding, this easy hack will give you relief.

Fill a designated pacifier with water and freeze it in the refrigerator. Once you’ve fed and burped your baby, use the pacifier to massage your breasts and soothe any bite marks. Since you will not be able to use topical medication on your chest, this makeshift icepack can help soothe your pain.


Mom Hacks for Cleaning

6. Use a laundry basket to clean as you go.

Every mom knows the pain of cleaning up after a playdate (in the living room, no less!). Organizing an entire room of children’s toys is easier said than done. Sometimes, the sight of a messy room can get even more overwhelming than cleaning the room.

To make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed, use a laundry basket to clean as you go. As you move around the room, pick up everything that’s out of its place and keep it in the laundry bag. Once you’ve put everything in, your room will look much cleaner. You can then keep things in their place from the laundry bag.

7. Use a toy rotation to keep the toys organized.  

Organize your children’s toys by using a simple toy rotation timetable. Take only a third of your child’s plastic toys outside at any given time. This will make it easier for you to clean up. Your child will also enjoy the variety and not be overwhelmed by all the choices.

8. Keep a weekly cleaning schedule.

If you attempt to clean everything every day, you might end up overworking yourself. To make things easier and save time, have a weekly cleaning schedule and put it up on the refrigerator for the whole family to see. Older children can chip in with the cleaning work and pick their chores. When you organize your schedule around the home, things will get more manageable.

9. Use designated containers from the dollar store to organize things.

If your child leaves LEGOs and small toys everywhere, use plastic containers from a dollar store or other bargain boutique to keep them organized. Label or color-code each container to match them with its designated toy. For example, you can have special containers for board game pieces, legos, and blocks.

10. Repurpose dryer sheets for everything.

Dryer sheets can be repurposed for cleaning just about anything at home. You can use them to buff water spots from mirrors, like a rag for cleaning liquid, and to wipe the kitchen cabinet. You can also use it to wipe baseboards, remove stains from the floor, and change the ring inside the toilet.

11. Keep this list of cleaning supplies on hand:

  • Lemons: A slice of lemon along the garbage disposal to keep it from stinking.
  • Baking Soda: A spoon of baking soda in the laundry for brighter clothes.
  • Vinegar: Use a vinegar-water mixture n a spray bottle to clean blinds, floorboards, and dirty spots.
  • Rubbing Alcohol: It’s fantastic for cleaning stainless steel!
  • Toothpaste: This basic household staple can help you remove stains from shoes.
  • Playdough: Did you know playdough can help you remove glitter from any surface?

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Mom Hacks for Cooking

12. Engage your child in food prep.

Children become picky eaters when they do not know what goes on behind the scenes. A simple way to get your children to enjoy their food is to involve them in every stage. Next time you go to the grocery store, take your kids along and get their help in picking some fresh produce.

Teach them how two pick good produce—the process will get them more excited about eating it. Before you start cooking for the day, ask them which products they’d like to eat. By doing so, your children will look forward to eating something they’ve picked and chosen themselves.

13. Use cupcake liners to prevent spills.

This parenting hack is a lifesaver when it comes to organizing parties for children. If you’re hosting an ice cream or popsicle party for the little ones, use cupcake liners to prevent the ice cream from melting and getting everywhere.

In case you’re making the popsicles at home (and we recommend that you do!), insert the popsicle stick into the tray through the liner. This freezes the liner with the popsicle, making it easy to serve and catch any spills.

14. Offer smaller portion sizes in the beginning.

A simple mistake that some parents do is absent-mindedly offer adult-sized portions to children at the dinner table. This can intimidate the child and make the food seem unappetizing. They may also get full too quickly.

To prevent this, serve small portions of the food at mealtime and establish a simple rule: “You must finish your entire plate at dinnertime.” Since there isn’t a lot of food in the first place, your child is more likely to finish their plate. Then, ask them which dish they’d like another serving of. This prevents waste and helps your child enjoy their food. They’ll also learn to control their portions and gauge their hunger on their own.

15. Be a role model for kids.

The easiest way to get your kids to eat food is to eat it yourself!

When your kid has ‘graduated’ to adult food from baby food, the best way to get them to eat healthy food is by setting a good example yourself. This is one of the best mom hacks we’ve found because it is an example of good parenting.

For instance, if you’re going to serve broccoli or beans, eat a lot of broccoli at the dinner table to show your kids how delicious it is. Children learn by observing how the adults around them behave. If they see you finish your entire plate, they are more likely to do so themselves.

16. Use natural colors in food.

We all know that children love colorful things. A fun way to get your kids to eat healthy things is by adding colors to them. From mashed potatoes to pancakes, a little pinch of color can brighten any child’s lunch box.

However, using artificial food coloring may not be every momma’s cup of tea. This doesn’t mean you have to skip the rainbow food. Use natural ingredients to add some beautiful pastel hues to your food.

For example, spinach gives a vibrant green shade to every food. A pinch of turmeric turns everything yellow. Beetroot extract can turn food pink and red. Blueberry extract offers a pale blue shade. Carrot purée added to pancakes and mashed potatoes gives a charming orange color.

When you use such colors, you also boost the food up with more vitamins, minerals, and natural goodness!   

17. Make food look cute.

Another way to get your children to eat their food is to make it look as cute as possible. This is one of our favorite mom hacks for a reason. Bento boxes are stunning, compact lunchboxes that contain adorable-looking food. Your bento box can contain just about anything, not just sushi.

For instance, you can cut cherry tomatoes and strawberries into cute rosettes or teddy bears.

Arrange the salad in pretty formations, and cut pancakes and eggs with cookie cutters, to give them fun shapes. Use our tips from the previous hacks to make the food look even more appetizing!

18. Roast instead of boiling!

If you’re looking for a way to make vegetables taste more appetizing, roast them instead of boiling and blanching them! Spread out the vegetable of choice (be it potatoes, broccoli, or asparagus) on an oven tray, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast them in a preheated oven until the edges are slightly charred. Your children will love the elevated tastes!


Mom Hacks for Travel and the Outdoors  

19. Use a shower kit organizer for essentials.

When you’re on road trips, you need a handy first-aid kit for any emergencies. If you’re putting one together yourself, use a shower kit organizer to fit everything in. Your kit must contain bandaids, antiseptic, gauze, sanitizer, some comfort candy, and other essential medication. In case you’re RVing, we’ve given you the rundown on how you can plan the perfect trip.

20. Store spare diapers inside the potty seat.

If you’re traveling with an infant, chances are you’ll have a potty seat. Store some spare diapers inside a clean potty seat so that you’ll always have some ready for emergencies. Don’t forget to carry some extra diaper bags!

21. Use a lemon to help with car sickness.

Children may get carsick on road trips. While you can give them some anti-nausea medication before they go, this natural hack can help them too.

Just ask your children to sniff a slice of lemon when they feel nauseous. The smell will help them feel less likely to puke.

22. Keep a plastic bag behind each car seat.

In addition to puking bags, keep a plastic bag behind each car seat that the family can use as trash bags. If you don’t have a designated trash bag in the car, your family members might end up littering on the road or trashing the car. Having a makeshift trash bag handy will make cleaning a breeze.

23. Keep a bag of kids’ activities at the ready.

Keeping kids entertained and engaged during a road trip can be quite a task. This is why we recommend that you keep an activity bag in your car at all times. In this bag, you should include a coloring book, a pad of Madlibs, some free printables of Bingo, and markers. Meanwhile, take a look at our ideas for road trip games!

24. Use an adventure book.

Be it on the road, at a park, or even at home, an adventure book can make your life much easier. Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition is a wonderfully interactive book that has 50+ epic adventures for the road and home. The special on-the-go adventure cards will come in handy to keep your entire family in high spirits during road trips!


Mom Hacks for Health

25. Organize your fridge to eat healthy.

A simple way to encourage your family to eat healthier is to remove unhealthy food from the fridge. Fill your fridge with healthy snacks. Stock healthy snacks like trail mix, fruit, veggies, and celery sticks in reusable bags so you can take them to-go.

26. Do short bursts of exercise during the day.

If you’re a busy mom that doesn’t have time for a dedicated workout, this simple hack can put you on track for your fitness journey. Every time you go to the bathroom, do 10 squats or 10 pushups against the basin counter.  This will help you stay fit.

27. Use baking soda for bee stings.

If your child has been stung by a bee while outdoors, rub a paste of baking soda and water on the sting to soothe the pain. Keep in mind that a bee sting may require medical attention. This hack is only to temporarily manage the pain.

28. Use a baking soda-water mix to remove splinters.

If you’ve got a splinter stuck on your foot (or your child’s foot), gently rub a paste of baking soda and water on it. Don’t press too hard. After 5 minutes, wipe the paste away and look for the splinter—it should be easier to spot.

29. Use the 20/20/20 rule.

This hack applies to both parents and kids. If you spend too much time on your computer, use the 20/20/20 rule to give your eyes some rest. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from the screen and look at something 20 feet away. This reduces the strain on your eyes.

30. Stretch in the shower.

When you’re busy with work all day, the only me-time you get may be when you’re in the shower. Take a few minutes to stretch and get your muscles working. Move your neck, arms, shoulders, and spine to start your day with some refreshing stretches.


Closing Thoughts

Parenting is an adventure that has its highs and lows, but the end goal is always worth it. We hope you can use some of these mom hacks to make life easier.

Which of these suggestions did you find the most useful? Share your favorite hacks in the comments section below. Happy parenting!


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some mom hacks I can use every day?

Gentle parenting goes a long way. Soothe your child instead of giving in to them when they throw tantrums. See more mom hacks, parenting tips, and awesome activity ideas, at AdventureBook.com!

What are the best cleaning mom hacks?

Use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean up any stains on glass or stainless steel. Toothpaste can be used to clean shoes too. We’ve got more mom hacks up our sleeve!

What are tips to keep my kids engaged on a road trip?

Review proven mom hacks for travel and the outdoors, keep an activity bag ready, make a list of road trip games, and use a book like Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition to keep boredom at bay!

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Father-Son Activities to Help You Build a Closer Relationship

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We think every day should be Father’s Day. Both fathers and mothers should play an equally important role in parenting. The bond between a son and his dad is something truly special. Some life lessons are best taught by a dad, and spending time together is something special. This is why we’ve put together a list of the most wholesome and fun father-son activities you can enjoy with your kid.


Father-Son Fun with an Adventure Book

A great father-son bonding experience is filled with good times, smiles, and a touch of adventure. If you want to spend less time figuring out what to do with your son and more time enjoying his company, pick up a copy of Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition. This book has more than 50 scratch-off challenges for just about any location and budget. Each activity is categorized under sections like “Discover,” “Create,” “Get Silly,” “Cook,” and more. Whatever you feel like doing, this book has something ready for you to uncover!


1. Go biking together.

Learning how to ride a bike is one of the most memorable father-son activities. If your son hasn’t learned to ride a bike already, now is the time to teach him. Get some training wheels on and head over to a nearby park. Spending such interrupted quality time will let him know that he matters to you.  

Even if you have a teen or a young adult, biking is a wonderful way to get out together, take in some sights, and enjoy each other’s company. When you’re ready to take a break, stop at a restaurant, share a light meal, hydrate, and get back on your way home. What a way to enjoy a day!

2. Try a science experiment.

Sons look up to their fathers for just about everything. Trying some science experiments with them will allow them to learn something new with someone they trust. Besides, science is ­fun!

We’ve got a bunch of science experiments you can try with your kids. Younger kids will love making and playing with Oobleck slime. Middle schoolers will go gaga over watching baking soda volcanoes explode. Get your Bill Nye on as you make a model rocket in your living room!

3. Go on a camping trip.

There’s no better way to spend the weekend than going on a good father-son camping trip! The sooner you introduce your kiddo to the great outdoors, the more comfortable they will be. Camping is a wonderful way to get some no-screen time with the entire family. This gives you some great opportunities for dad-son bonding too.

If you take a family trip, make time for a special father-son hike and explore the wonders of nature together. Collect some wildflowers to make a bouquet for mom. Teach him how to build a fire and roast some marshmallows. As the entire family gets cozy by the campfire, tell each other spooky stories and share some laughs.

4. Go rock climbing.

If you want to get some adrenaline pumping, try rock climbing with your son. Rock climbing can be intimidating for first-timers, especially little ones, but there are safe ways to start kids early. This is when you can encourage your son to conquer his fears and try his best.

As you show him how it’s done, you have the chance to become his role model. He will learn that it’s okay to do something new with confidence. Additionally, you will show him that mistakes are stepping stones to success (quite literally). You’ll also be able to laugh about your missteps and falls! 

5. Paint together.

Painting is a wholesome way to get to know how your little guy thinks. Set aside an evening to sit with your son and paint something together. It doesn’t need to be a piece of fine art!

Place two sheets of paper or easels in opposite directions. Choose an imaginative prompt and let your creative self shine. For example, you can choose prompts like “The happiest day of my life,” “My family,” or “If I were king of the world.”

At the end of 30 minutes, exchange your artwork and talk about what you painted. As you share your vulnerable feelings, you will teach your son the importance of tuning in to your emotions. Find a spot in your house and make a mini father-son art museum.

6. Play video games.

Playing video games is one of those father-son activities that often gets overlooked. You might not even realize how much it means to a child to spend time crushing aliens or battling villains with Dad. Whether he’s a little one or a young adult, your son will really value this bonding time.

The key here is to keep things interesting and different—alternate between a game of your choice and then a game of his choice. This way, you’ll be able to teach each other some new tips and tricks every time. Before you know it, you might be able to go on combined missions too!

Aside from video games, you might also enjoy playing with legos or board games.

7. Play catch.

Nothing beats an old-school game of catch with your kid on a pleasant afternoon or evening. Not only is this a simple way to get some quality time, but you’ll also be able to get your daily dose of exercise.

A game of catch requires no planning or preparation; it’s a great way to spontaneously get bonding with your kids. Talk about a special sporting event you remember from your childhood or plan an event you can attend together. There’s nothing like sharing and building memories to strengthen a father-son relationship.

8. Make a card.

In case you’re looking for something lowkey to do inside the house, why not make some DIY cards with your kiddo? All you need are some art supplies and a lot of love.

Make cards for mom, grandparents, and your son’s teachers. Ask him to write thoughtful messages inside each card. You can decorate the cards with finger painting, stickers, or origami, depending on how old your son is.

This way, you’ll get some fascinating insights into how your son views the world. You’ll also teach him how to say thank you to the people he loves.

P.S. In case you’d like some mom-approved bonding activities, we’ve got your back!

9. Cook together.

Cooking is no doubt an important life skill and is one of our favorite father-son activities. When you cook with your kid, you show him that gender roles needn’t apply when it comes to such essential skills.

Treat your partner to a delicious home-cooked meal that you and your son do together. Young children can chip in and help by decorating cupcakes or washing vegetables. If your son is older, he can be in charge of an appetizer or dessert. Follow a recipe online or share some family cooking secrets while you’re at it.

If grilling is more your thing, there’s nothing better than putting something on the grill while your son learns. This way, the entire family will get some delicious barbeque and you’ll get in some bonding time!

10. Teach him to tie knots.

This one is a timeless classic and a great life skill to pass on. Channel some major Cub Scout vibes as you teach your son how to tie different knots. As adults, we’ve come to realize the importance of these nifty knots.

This activity offers a great chance for you to brush up on your memory as well. Once your son has got the hang of it, you can ask him to help you with knots whenever you go outdoors, from camping and boating to helping in the backyard or building a treehouse rope ladder. There’s nothing like learning some survival skills from Dad!

11. Volunteer together.

Giving your time and offering services to those in need brings people closer. By volunteering as a father and son, you will not only be helping others, but you will be growing together in the experience.

You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, fix things around the house for elderly people in your neighborhood, feed animals at a sanctuary, or find any number of volunteering opportunities that you can enjoy together.

Search for age-appropriate activities at VolunteerMatch or check with organizations in your local area to find ways you can spend rewarding time together giving back to your community.

12. Build a bird feeder.

Every son wants to build something with his dad. In fact, he’ll carry along such memories for a lifetime. You can find a bird feeder tutorial online, and follow the instructions with your son.

If you’re good at woodworking, now is the time to teach your son the basics. Younger boys can help glue the different pieces together and pick colors for the final structure. Tweens and teenagers will love chipping in with cutting and hammering the pieces together.

Once you’re done setting it up, you can bird-watch with your son every morning. Win-win!


Closing Thoughts

We’re certain you’ll earn your “Best Father” mug after making your way through this list with your kid. Which of these suggestions did you enjoy the most? Share your ideas (and memories) in the comments section!

Want to involve the whole family in some fun games? You might like our list of outdoor summertime activities!

Don’t forget that nothing brings a father and son together like the spirit of adventure. With Adventures From Scratch: Family Edition, you’ll be able to find something exciting to do on every page. This interactive scratch-off book has 50+ epic activities to pick from. This means you’ll have a year’s worth of amazing father-son activities to choose from.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some father-son activities I can do to bond with my son?

Try something new from a scratch-off adventure book or try any of these father-son activities, like playing catch, building something together, teaching him life skills, or trying science experiments.

What are some outdoor father-son activities?

Simple father-son activities like playing a game of catch or camping can bring you together outdoors. A city scavenger hunt would also be a fantastic way to share some quality time.

What activities can I do on a father-son weekend?

Friday night, try a scratch-off adventure. After a restful sleep, cook breakfast as a team. Then, take a road trip to your favorite spot for some rest, relaxation, and father-son bonding activities.