It is no huge secret that technology is taking over the world. Everywhere you turn today you will see some form of technology, every kid over the age of 10 has a smart phone and just about everyone has their nose in some kind of app. Technology is great, but due to the influx of it kids no longer want to go outside and interact face to face with others. Not only does all this technology make it incredibly hard for parents to bond with their kids, but also sitting in front of a screen for long hours at a time can cause kids to develop weight issues, concentration issues, and bad sleeping habits.
Most families have even fallen so far behind that they don’t even share dinner together anymore. Parents eat in front of the TV, while kids eat in their rooms. Just because these family values have fallen so far down it doesn’t mean that they aren’t important and don’t need to be taken seriously. Below, you will learn about some amazing things that you can do to bond with your kids that don’t involve technology or sitting in front of a screen.
Singing Karaoke Together
Karaoke can be a great way to bond with your kids. If you have a teenager it might be a little be harder to find songs that you can sing together, but for younger children Mary had a little lamb works especially well. Karaoke doesn’t have to be sung in a club in front of a bunch of strangers, you can purchase your very own machine and sing at home. Singing together will not only promote bonding but if you get into the music and dance a little it can also be a great cardiovascular workout.
Cook A Meal Together
Just because your family doesn’t eat together at the dinner table it doesn’t mean that you can’t bond with your kid while preparing the meal. Kids can take on tasks like grating cheese, shaping meatballs or hamburger patties, or stirring a pot. Not only will you get to bond with your child, but you will also be teaching your child a valuable lesson that he or she can carry for the rest of their lives. During the cooking, you can even sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with your child for more fun.
Biking Around The Neighborhood
Bicycles don’t cost a whole lot of money, they can be used for years and years, and they are an extremely great means of exercise. In fact, there is probably a good chance that you have two or three bikes stored away in the garage or basement right now. Biking around the neighborhood will not only give you a chance to bond with your child, but you and your child will both get an incredibly great workout. If you don’t live in a neighborhood where you can bike, you can always visit a local trail or park.
Work On Homework Together
If your child is in school there is a good chance that he or she has some form of homework to complete. Your child will probably be more than glad for the extra hand, and you might even get a refresher lesson while helping with the homework.