In today’s world, people are spending more time staring at screens than ever before. Computers, tablets, smartphones and TVs in every room mean that it can be difficult to enjoy the family time that you want to. If you are struggling to tear your kids away from their screens, this blog post is here to give you some ideas of things that you can do. Try having at least one screen-free evening a week (or at least a couple of hours) so your family has a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.
Even though video games have become so advanced these days, sometimes, you just can’t beat an old fashioned board game. With so many choices out there, you are bound to find at least one or two games that keep your kids interested! As well as encouraging communication, there are also problem-solving skills and strategic thinking techniques to be gained from these activities.
In days gone by, you would have to force your kids to come back indoors, but now the struggle is getting them outside. But there are plenty of fitness-based activities that will engage you and your kids. For example, you could go out on a big family bike ride - just check out these dirt bikes for 8 year olds if you are interested. Otherwise, you could take up a new sport. Racquet sports like badminton or tennis are ideal for four players.
Cook a Meal
With the wide availability of takeout food options, cooking is becoming something of a lost art form. Well, why not reverse this trend by preparing a meal as a family? You can give everyone a job depending on their age and skill level. There is something immensely satisfying about enjoying a meal that you have cooked all by yourself.
If you are looking for an arty activity to try that you will appreciate in the years to come, why not try creating a scrapbook of your memories or a photo album? We tend to take so many photos these days, but they simply sit on our laptops or smartphones. Developing some of them is straightforward and affordable. You are bound to have a few laughs with the family when you rediscover a few forgotten images.
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Though this isn’t the ideal time of year to plant a vegetable garden, you could still get prepared for the coming warmer months. Gardening can be a very therapeutic activity that gets you out in the outdoors. As well as this, you can also save yourself some money by growing things yourself. And a lot of vegetables don’t require a huge amount of upkeep. Over the winter you can plan what you want to plant, where you are going to have your garden, and how you are going to set them up.
Plan an Outdoor Holiday
One of the best ways of avoiding those tempting screens is by getting away from them altogether. So, you could plan a family getaway that takes you into the great outdoors like camping. These are the kind of memories that will last you for a lifetime and holidays like this are very affordable.