Family…the word for most people conjures up images of board games by the fire and holidays gathered around the dinner table. However, everyone knows there’s more to it than that, with family dynamics and history coming into play as well. Some families quickly grow apart as kids get older, jobs require moving, and family members get busy. For the family that is still close in distance, there are a few family bonding activities you can participate in to help you stay as close as you want to be. Here are a few ways to bring the generations together.
Trace Your Family Tree Together
There’s nothing like delving into the history of your family tree to bring people together. If you have been wondering about your family tree and trying to think of a way to bring your family closer, then this might just be it. Gather everyone together, put on the coffee, and research your family’s ancestry, by searching U.S. census records and going from there.
Start Working Out as a Family
No matter how old you are, from 13 to 60 and above, you should never stop trying to be in the best shape you can be. There are workouts for teens, workouts for grandmothers, and for everyone in between. The idea is for the generations to work out together, whether it’s taking a walk every afternoon or heading to the gym together twice a week. It’s a chance for the generations to connect once again and get healthy and fit at the same time, making it a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Take Up Hunting
Hunting goes back for generations upon generations in some families but the days when hunting was just for the men are long gone. Today, many women enjoy the hunt as much as the men do, and it’s the perfect bonding experience. There are plenty of sites out there who offer discount hunting gear for every member of the family, no matter the generation. Hunting is an age old sport that the whole family can enjoy. Just always be careful to wear the proper gear, hunt in pairs, and always, always follow the safety rules and rules of hunting in your area.
Gather Around for Storytime
There is nothing that can bring the generations of a family together like storytime can. The elders in your family have so many stories and so much wisdom to share that from the youngest to the oldest of your children won’t be able to help but become interested once the stories begin. Set aside a night to get the entire family together and let the younger generation learn from the older. You will be surprised how well this serves to bond your family together. These are just a few of the activities that your family can participate in to bring together the generations. Remember, there is so much that the older family members can teach the young that family time will soon become something to look forward to, not to dread.