9 CREATIVE TIPS TO SPICE UP FAMILY BONDING OVER THE HOLIDAYS
By Faith Foo, B.A.S.S. (Coun), M. Coun. (in pursuit) & Jeremy Lim, B. Psych (Hons)
Families can get into a rut relationally and end up doing the same things over and over again. Children and spouses sometimes need a little creativity to boost up family engagement and fun. Here are 9 creative tips to help you spice up your family relationships over these holidays.
1. Have a meal together. No electronic gadgets allowed.
Creative tip: Each member contributes a dish he or she LIKES.
2. Show affection towards one another.
Creative tip: MAKE breakfast-in-bed for one or more family members.
3. Spend a few days together on a holiday.
Creative tip: Play games TOGETHER. Charades anybody?
4. Family movie night out (or in).
Creative tip: SNUGGLE in, put on a projector and enjoy a movie together in your living room.
5. Write an appreciation card/note to one another.
Creative tip: Write the note on the bathroom mirror, toilet seat cover… be CREATIVE.
6. Give each other gifts.
Creative tip: Something small, inexpensive and thoughtful. Eg. HOMEMADE banana smoothies!
7. Whisper the 3 important long forgotten words, “I Love You”.
Creative tip: Use a FOREIGN language like “Wa Ai Lu”, “Saranghae yo”
8. Have a group hug.
Creative tip: SQUEEZE one another tight!
9. Go for a midnight reflective car ride and talk about how the year has been.
Creative tip: Don’t forget the HOT chocolate and spill-proof cups.
You can also come up with your own special customized ways to celebrate together. Enjoy the holidays and enjoy your family time! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
About the authors: Faith Foo and Jeremy Lim are administrative support staff in Rekindle Centre for Systemic Therapy. In addition, Faith is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Counselling degree. Both of them are passionate about families and seeing families come together in closeness and harmony. Read more about them here.
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