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Tips for Spending Real Quality Time with Family

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Are you tired of the lack of real, meaningful, and worthwhile conversation with your family? Are you tired of looking up from your computer and seeing your entire family in the room with you but no real connecting is going on because everyone is devoted to some kind of screen? TV, Kindle, iPhone, Fitbit, LeapPad, the list of screens and technology-based activities goes on and on. And though these devices are beneficial and entertaining – they don’t always help us spend quality time with family. Here are some tips on what you can do to create some real family bonding time:

Use One Form of Technology – Together

Instead of allowing everyone their own screen to zone out – figure out something you can all do together with one form of technology. Some fun examples could include:

  • Play Wii – It is even more fun when the activity is active
  • Watch a movie together
  • Make your own family movie
  • Read a Kindle book
  • Listen and dance to songs

Try an Escape Room

Escape rooms involve a group of people being locked in a room for a specific amount of time. They must solve a series of puzzles, riddles, clues, etc. in order to beat the clock and escape. Here are some of the reasons you and your family should consider going to an escape room for a family night:

  • Work Together – According to workingmother.com, “One of the best things about doing an escape room as a family is that it gives you the opportunity to be a unit all in the service of the same goal. It’s the kind of bonding experience that no other type of entertainment can match.”
  • Everyone Can Participate – Everyone in the family can participate and have fun in the escape room – you all must work together to get out and it is a great bonding experience.
  • Use Your Brain – Instead of watching a movie, you get to use your brain and actually experience the things that typically happen in many movies. It is a thrilling experience that will drive you to keep going until you escape.

Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Some family members might be a little young to enjoy an escape room to the fullest capacity. They may be too young to have any experience with treasure hunts, clue finding, scavenger hunts, etc. Try making your own scavenger hunt at home for the little ones to create quality time with family. Once they understand the concept of clues and finding and figuring things out you can take them along to help out in the real escape room!

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