As adherents of Adoption-attunement, we believe that having fun together as a family is an integral factor in building successful connection and attachment. It is far too easy to get hyper-focused on the education and discipline aspect of parenting and to lose sight of the priority fun needs to serve. Summer offers a perfect time for reprioritizing our focus.
Make time for joy; be intentional about creating it. Happy times form the building blocks of family identity and cohesion.
How can we best bring joy into our daily family life? Get outdoors! We all know that spending time in nature benefits us in both body and spirit. Children crave being outside curling their bare toes in the sand, digging in the mud, climbing trees and running with the sheer pleasure of being alive.
If ultra-high temperatures dissuade you from getting out, why not try some twilight of after-dark activities? Remember the delight of catching fireflies? Here are just a few ideas:
Spread a blanket and admire the stars.
Have a picnic supper.
Set out a dessert bar and indulge. Let kids pile on the ingredients. (Resume healthier eating on the next day.)
Make s'mores, play squirt gun or flashlight tag.
Take a night-hike around the neighborhood.
Dig deep into your own childhood memories and rediscover the simple activities you loved to share with your family and then update them for your own kids.
The goal is to step out of "busyness" and preoccupation with the "work" of life so that we ensure that we accomplish our most important goal: to raise children who feel loved, capable, happy, and connected to family.
Please share your ideas and family traditions so we can all have more fun being family.