Summer Ideas to Strengthen Your Family Bond

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Summer is just about swinging into action at the time of writing, with warmer than usual temperatures and the school holidays just about to start.


As a family, you should look for ways to be together. This isn’t always easy during the rest of the year when you’re at work, and the children are studying, so it’s worth making the most of the extended time you will have together.


You probably have your own ideas for the summer, but if not, we have some suggestions for family bonding.


Take a road trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun; it’s just you, your family, and the open road. While you could take the car, you might also want to afford yourselves a little more space with an RV. Visit for some worthy examples for your ride. An RV will also grant you accommodation, so while we will be advocating camping in a moment, this might be your better option if your family prefers a few home comforts.


The benefits of road trips are many. You can tell each other stories and have singalongs while you’re on the road. You can move at your own pace, stopping wherever you think there might be something interesting for you and your family to look at and experience. And you can be up close and personal with God’s creation, and that might strengthen the faith you might share as a family. So, if you are looking to go on vacation this year, you might consider these benefits, alongside the reasons listed at on why you should take a family road trip.


Go camping

Camping gives you the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being out in the wilderness, you will be away from the usual distractions that can sometimes break up opportunities for bonding, such as the television and cell phones, and you will have more time to connect with one another amongst the beauty of nature. Camping gives you the opportunity to talk to your kids, whether that’s under the stars at night, or when you’re all embarking on a hiking trail through the wilderness. You will have time to play games together, be that something active outdoors, or playing a board or card game when you are tucked up in your tent. Here are some game ideas to give you inspiration; And you will have the opportunity to spend more time in the fresh air, so not only will you increase family bonding, but you will also experience the health benefits of the great outdoors too.


Have fun at home

You don’t need to wander too far from home to have bonding time with your family. You might play board games at home, have barbecues in the garden, and take part in outdoor activities such as den building and nature walks, as we suggested here at You might also have movie nights, tucked up together on the sofa, or if the weather is warm, you could put up a screen outdoors and watch a film and eat popcorn from the comfort of your garden. Ask your kids for their ideas too, and perhaps create a summer bucket list of things you can do together. Memories will be created, family bonding will be strengthened, and you will all have a wonderful summer.


Take care, and thanks for reading!

How To Manage A Breakup When You Have Kids

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Breakups can be difficult at the best of times, but they can be particularly challenging if you both have kids together. Doing what’s best for you and what’s best for the kids isn’t easy. Here are a few tips to negotiating a breakup when you have children.


Plan how to tell your kids

Once you’ve decided that you’re definitely breaking up, the first thing you’ll need to do is tell the kids. If your kids are older, they may have already sensed that you weren’t getting along, but the news could still come as a shock. If you and your partner have come to a mutual agreement, it’s important that you both tell the news together so that your kids realize that you’re both serious about it. You should break the news at home where your kids are likely to be comfortable. Make your kids understand that it’s not their fault and allow them to ask questions, being as honest with your answers as you can.


Decide how to share out parental care

After one of you has moved out, your kids will have to get used to sharing time between the pair of you. You’ll need to decide the best way to do this – it’s usually healthy that your kids have a stable base, which means spending most of their time in one place. They can make regular visits to the other parent’s house. Coming to an amicable agreement isn’t always easy – in the case of a bad breakup, one partner may attempt to claim full custody in which case you may have to look into hiring child custody lawyers. When arguing this decision, make sure that the kids aren’t around so that they don’t feel caught in the middle.


Decide financial arrangements

Depending on the amount each of you is earning, you should both contribute a certain amount of funding towards your kids. If you were financially reliant on your partner, it may be their job to continue paying for the kids. Making financial arrangements isn’t easy and may also require hiring a solicitor or a financial adviser to come to a fair decision.


Keep up a routine

A sense of routine is important for your children – it will give them something familiar to cling onto. When sharing out parental care, try to arrange a schedule so that your kids know when they’re going to see each parent. Try to keep up other routines that existed before such as keeping bedtime at the same time and allowing them to attend the same after school clubs.


Listen to your kids

One thing that many parents don’t do is listen to their kids. If your kids are young, they may not be able to make decisions for themselves, but in the case of older kids, they may want to have some input when it comes to how much time they spend with each parent. You need to approach the situation practically, but you should still listen to you kids and let them have a say.