My grandfather passed away last May. As you can imagine, this was devastating to my grandmother. On top of that, she has dialysis three times per week and is legally blind. Fortunately, I own a non-conforming duplex, which just means the two houses on my property are not attached. I moved my Grandmother in to the second house. She calls it her “cottage.”
My father is a big genealogy buff. He sends me information about my distant relatives who lived on the plains of Nebraska. He has names, mostly, maybe a picture or two. He connects with random distant relatives who he’ll never meet in person on the Internet, and they exchange dates, homesteads, bits of family history to tell him who he was, who he'll be, where he came from.
Giving to charity isn’t just placing a check in an envelope and mailing it to the organization (although this is often a need). Many times, charities need volunteers who are willing to pull their sleeves up and get dirty. Families can do this together. Not only is a great bonding experience, but it is a great life lesson for the children in the family.
While it’s not always possible to spend quality time together during the busy work/school week, families can designate a weekend night as family game night. This weekly ritual is important, as it gives families a chance to bond while relaxing and having fun. Of course, if family game night is going to be a success, games that will interest the entire family are key.
The Game Wave is a family entertainment system provided by ZAPiT Games. This system is unique because multiple family members can play the games simultaneously. Children will appreciate this feature because they won’t have to wait to take a turn to play. I was first introduced to the Game Wave several years ago when I participated in a BzzCampain through BzzAgent.com. I loved the unit that I had so much, I bought one for my sister’s family.
Though our kids are small – 2 and 4 years – I really enjoy spending time at the table with them, watching them interact with each other and make funny faces across the table. It gives our family an opportunity to just be together. No words are necessary. We spend all day together so we already know how each other’s day went, but we are all busy doing our own things at home during the day, so sitting down at the table lets us slow down and actually make eye contact with one another.