If you are part of a step family, also referred to as a blended family, you are probably wondering how you can encourage more family bonding time and how you can build stronger relationships.
Are you part of a step family? Are you the step parent or the step child? Blended families are more common these days and they need just as much nurturing and love as the original family unit. It is important to pay attention to everyone’s needs within the blended family as this family type is much more sensitive because of the previous broken relationships or hardships they have experienced.
Parenting and step parenting aren’t that much different from one another with regards to caring for a child or children. They both require patience, love and understanding and they always involve caring and sacrifice. If you are part of a step family you can benefit from some of these activities that encourage family bonding and promote stronger ties.
Get Outdoors And Into Nature
Being outdoors with each other is a fantastic way to develop deeper relationships within the step family. Whether you are hanging out at the beach for the day or camping out in the woods, nothing says ‘family bonding’ like being away from distractions and technology. If you have step kids that are stuck to their MP3 players, cell phones or laptops all day long, make it mandatory that everyone leaves their technical devices at home. (Including you!)
Work On A Project Together
This is a fantastic way to bring a step family closer together. You can get everyone involved and to work as a team on numerous projects like cooking the family meal for tonight’s dinner; building a home for those less fortunate; helping out at a food bank together or even starting a small family business. Do not leave anyone out, even if they seem too young to be involved. There are always activities for younger children to help out with. Remember, the family that works together, plays and stays together.
Family Game Night Goes A Long Way
While most teens might want to run away and hide when you suggest a family game night for your blended family, most family members will enjoy this activity and teens usually come around once the games begin. This is a great activity for step families to enjoy family bonding time because games create laughter, and laughter will always be the best medicine for any bad mood or family stress release.
There are numerous activities you can get the whole family involved in to create moments that offer family bonding and that will allow the strengthening of ties between step parents and step children. It is important to remember that every relationship requires time, nurturing and effort. Be patient and allow all family members to move at their own pace when it comes to family bonding moments.