Family Time: Doing Hobbies Together

By: Veronica Scott

In today's fast-paced world, quality time with the family is getting harder to find. It's difficult enough to find the time to eat dinner together, let alone find the time to do hobbies together. But somehow we manage to find that time, even if it's just an hour or so each night. Since quality time is so precious, finding the right hobby for the whole family to participate in might be a bit of a trick, but it's not impossible.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles are a popular hobby many families enjoy together. Puzzles may not be high tech, but they do foster time for conversation and bonding between family members. First decide whether you want a large puzzle, or a smaller one. Set aside 30-60 minutes each night to sit down and assemble it together. Family members can even work on it when nobody else is around. When it's finished, glue it together and frame it, or simply take it apart and start all over again another time.

Board Games

Playing board games are a fun way for families to spend time together after dinner without staring at the TV. Some games can be completed in an hour or so, but extended games like Monopoly can be spread out over a week or longer, depending on how much fun you're having with it. You'll find that you can laugh together and the time will go by before you even know it.

Outdoor Fun

Families that play together tend to enjoy each other's company. Finding something that you can all enjoy in the outdoors helps a family to bond. Activities can be as simple as tossing around the Frisbee or hiking along an area trail. Turn one of these activities into a hobby by participating in them regularly. You'll have fun getting to know each other and you'll even get some exercise in the process.

Try Something Unique

Unique hobbies can add spark to your family time. Photography, while quite involved, could be an interesting hobby for a family to do together. This is one hobby you can tailor to your family's skill level. Whether it's simple digital photography or building a full-blown dark room in your basement, photography leaves a lot to be explored. Or try writing a book together. Have fun passing the story around and let each member of the family add a new chapter. When it's done, you can self-publish the book and have fun designing a cover or adding photos to the content.

Whichever hobby you choose to create a close-knit family relationship, make sure it's something that everybody will enjoy. If it's a chore for one person, they will likely hate doing it and they'll only resent it. If you need to, try out several different hobbies until one finally "clicks." You can even participate in several different hobbies rather than sticking with one. Maybe each family member will have their favorite and you can rotate the hobbies each week. The important thing is to spend time together doing something that everybody can appreciate.

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