As children grow and encounter many life-altering experiences, it can become harder for them to stay connected with the adults in their lives. Within this book are 20 fun family activities designed to promote opening the lines of communication, and in so doing, make both family members and the family unit stronger.
Included activities help family members to open up, discuss struggles they are experiencing, and learn better ways of working together as a team to overcome difficulties. Finding more, and better, ways to respect each other’s boundaries and learning how to rebuild lost relationships through coping and talking throughout these struggles/situations. These issues and many more are discussed within the projects, which are all crucial with helping to maintain family unity.
The best way for family members to get through to each other is for them to be there for one another and be willing to discuss any issues that may arise. For each of these projects to be effective, it is important for adult family members to keep an open mind and be truthful with kids, as well as themselves.
If adult family members open up to their children, they, in turn, will do the same. Kids need to be shown, not just told, that it’s okay to express feelings and thoughts. Adults should be aware of too quickly dismissing certain issues that may at first appear to be “no big deal.” What we can handle as adults is very different from what kids can handle, and things that seem to be “little” to us can be perceived as huge to them.
The most important thing of all for families to remember is to simply have fun. Enjoy spending time learning more about each other and rebuilding family unity. Remember that opening the lines of communication with one another is the key to a happy, healthy family. I hope you enjoy the activities.