5 Ways to Reconnect With Family in the New Year

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to the New Year! Kick off 2016 by reconnecting with your family! Here are 5 easy ways to reconnect with your family in the New Year.


1. Unplug


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Take a break from technology and have more face-to-face conversations with family. We tend to be on our phones, computers, or some form of technology a majority of the day. Create tech-free times during the day; or “tech free zones” in your house, such as the dining table, where phones and computers are not allowed to be used. By unplugging your family it will create meaningful conversation that is not shared through a text or over social media.


2. Get Outside

Get Outside

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There are many outdoor activities to do as a family. Explore nature by going on a hike, go to the beach, or simply just go to the park. Bring the entire family and get active. You can even bring your family pet along! Bring some food and snacks for a picnic, or take the weekend to go camp! Each weekend have one family member choose a different place to discover.


3. Cook


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Cooking is a great activity that the entire family can be involved in. Cooking a meal is a great way to bond and chat about what is going on in each other’s lives. Share recipes, and share the stories behind them. This will guarantee to get conversation flowing. Make this a weekly occurrence, and have each individual contribute something to the meal each week.


4. Read Together 

Read Together

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Reading a story together is a great way to bond with your family. Find a novel or story that the entire family can agree on. Set a schedule like a book club and discuss the story. This is a great way to get the family together and share each other’s opinions and thoughts. If there are younger children in your family, find a book that you can help them learn to read or read to them.


5. Take on a Project Together 

Family Project

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Find a fun DIY project, big or small, and work on it together. Each family member can bring ideas to the table and create something. The sense of being on a team and teamwork will connect everyone involved. Set a timeline and a goal for this project and get to work! This could also include volunteering, such as going to your local homeless shelter as a family, or volunteering to clean up your neighborhood.