Sports, school and other activities can leave little time for family time. When your child gains independence, it’s natural for them to prefer to spend free time with friends. There are so many good reasons for carving out quality time together — it gives your child positive attention, reduces behavior problems, sets them up for success later in life, and helps you both maintain a healthy relationship.
Summer offers many opportunities to spend time with your child, and they don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Here are a few suggestions:
- Play golf – Try out a public course or play mini golf followed by a hot dog al fresco.
- Volunteer – It’s a great sense of accomplishment for both of you and helps build your child’s resume for the future.
- Make dinner – The kitchen is your home’s epicenter. Pick a new recipe, turn on some music, and create a culinary masterpiece together.
- Try out yoga – The Park District of Highland Park offers Sunrise and Sunset Yoga classes held throughout the summer at Rosewood Beach.
- Challenge each other – Walk or run every day for a month for a “prize” you can enjoy together. Participate in a local community event like The June 30th Firecracker 5K Race and 2-mile Family Walk in Highland Park. Both are great ways to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.