Blended Family Bonding When Life Gets Busy

 

Blended Family Bonding When Life Gets Busy

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Family is everything, as most people would claim, a compartment where you can best express your true nature without any fear of respite or rejection. One’s family can be said to be one of the best gifts of nature to man. Everything we do; activities carried out, all have the family factor embedded in it. This is why we emphasize the importance of blended family bonding.

One’s family could be as small as just having a wife, and as large as having the extended family around as well. All the same, the same love for one’s family remains unconditional, able to induce forgiveness without negotiation and able to produce joy in the most uncomfortable and unpalatable situations. In times of conflict in the family, understanding is an important factor which must stand out in order to ensure that peace returns back to the ‘troubled waters.’ 

Possible Conflicts In The Family

Often times however, there has also often been disputes in the family concerning neglect. This neglect usually occurs when either the man or the woman happens to be busy and spending ample time with the family seems impossible.

These disputes sometimes have led to divorces or break-ups in the long run. There are some set of people who naturally crave time and attention, and they simply cannot be blamed for wanting such. Hence, they feel splitting up with their partner would give them what they so desire.In cases where there are children in the family, either of the spouse would most times have to persevere and spend more time with the children in order to make up for the absence of the other spouse. As a result of this, many children often lack the needed care and value of having a complete family.

For the spouse who does not give the needed time and attention, blames cannot be attributed fully to him or her. There is a huge possibility that if such person had his or her way, he or she would call it quits in order to allow more time for the family. Most times, it happens that the engagement happens to be the drive of the home- financially. Hence, quitting could cause financial struggles.  Nevertheless, the spouse can still make out time to spend with the family, irrespective of how tight the schedule could be. Remember, step parenting is a team sport!

Blended Family Bonding Tips To Ensure The Family Feels One's Presence

1. Eating together as a whole. One of the blended family bonding ways whereby one can spend productive time with the family, is by eating together. Sitting at the dining guarantees that communication and bonding take place. Usually, it is at the table of dining that the hardest hearts become softened, the best expressions are revealed and conflicts are easily resolved. Stories can be shared during the course of a meal, to make it livelier. This tip has proved to be largely fruitful because dining is the perfect time to get the attention of all the members of the family. Despite an overwhelming work schedule and inclinations, spending quality time eating with other members of the family goes a long way to foster bonds, build better family relationship, and maximize blended family bonding.

2. Playing games together could also prove fruitful. Even though one is not the game type, showing a little bit of interest goes a long way. It also promotes blended family bonding as well. The games could be in form of indoor games like chess, scrabble, monopoly or outdoor like football, basketball, tennis and many more. Irrespective of the type of game chosen, spending ample time with children on the playground draws you closer to their heart and makes them feel safer around you.

3. Working together as a family. One should also participate actively in carrying out chores, even though one is responsible for allocating such chores. Doing this not only teaches one’s children the essence of working together as a family, but also teaches them to be answerable and responsible.

4. Plan a trip. Going on a fun-filled trip or a vacation with the family is a totally wonderful blended family bonding idea as well. It takes one away from the stress of work and makes certain that one spends more quality time with the family. Family members tend to cherish moments created during such trips, and they usually look forward to more.

What are your favourite blended family bonding activities? We'd love to know!

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