A revealing set of newspaper reports last year revealed that families are spending less time together than ever. Of course, that’s down to the stresses of modern life. The remedy? Spend more time with the family in the garden!
One in ten people said the last time they spent quality time together with their family was at least a year ago or more.
Three in ten people are forced to leave the house at least once a week without being able to see their children.
A quarter of parents are so busy they don’t get quality time with their kids at all.
Most sad of all, a fifth of parents are so busy that they have missed a momentous occasion.
5 Ways Spend More Time With The Family
Unfortunately, modern life isn’t going to get any easier any time soon, and work commitments and career aspirations will always put a strain on that golden egg, the work/ life balance.
However, there are still things you can do to make your life more accommodating for family time, including making parts of your home more compatible with spending more time together.
Go To The Garden!
Today, we want to focus on spending more time together in the garden as a family. It has been proven that spending more time outdoors improves our health and happiness.
It makes sense to spend more time with the family in the designated outdoor space you have, your garden. Right? Are you unsure how to make the most of your little patch of nature? Follow these tips, and you’ll all be spending more time together in the garden as a family in no time.
Declutter & Organise Your Outdoor Space
Before you can do anything new with your outdoor space, you need to sort out what is already there.
With a busy life, you might struggle to spend more time with the family outdoors and to keep the garden in decent shape. It only takes a week of warm, wet weather to take a garden from tidy and great to jungle state it seems.
So take a weekend, or perhaps just an evening if your garden isn’t too dishevelled and get decluttering. Get rid of any pots and tools you don’t use, and any that you do should be neatly organised in the shed.
You want a clean, bright, blank space to work on for this transformation project.
You could even throw out the traditional use for a shed and build a family space in your shed!
Plan The Changes You Need To Make To Spend More Time With The Family
Get your favourite decorated planner and make a plan for your garden. It helps to establish a budget first so you know how much you can spend on your transformation.
Once the budget is established, you can then choose how much you want to change the garden. Your biggest priority should be a social area like decking where you can put bean bags, blankets and seating.
You may also want to consider something like a hot tub, or even a swimming pool if you have the budget, as both can enhance supervised play for the whole family. It is also definitely worth adding a shaded area, as that will make sure the weather doesn’t affect your capacity to enjoy the space together.
Get The Practical Things Right
Sometimes, it is less about what is in the garden, and more about the garden being safe and practical to spend time in. For example, a lush lawn is much more inviting for an outdoor picnic and outdoor games as a family, than a lawn covered in thistles and ants nests.
Alternatively, a long cracked alley through two gates and a door to get to the garden is much less inviting than a beautiful set of external bifold doors leading straight to the outdoor space.
If you can get the practical things right, set up outdoor lighting, weed that lawn, make outdoor access much easier, and sort out any safety issues, then the outdoor space without any fancy additions is going to be a lot more inviting for everyone.
Get Something Interactive Set-Up
Kids are unlikely to want to sit in the garden and do nothing; they want to be active and engaged. Although a lovely seating area with bean bags for sitting and relaxing watching a film or reading as a family is great, it isn’t going to excite your children as much as other things.
Spending more time together in the garden as a family may need to be a little more energetic and creative. Some great ideas could be making a vegetable patch with your children.
This will get them excited about the plants growing! They can get their hands dirty and plant the seeds, water them and eventually harvest them.
They then get to eat what they have grown. You could also make a little sports area set up for basketball, cricket, football and other sports (great for very energetic kids!).
Spending more time together in the garden as a family is a healthy idea, and for your family, you may already have a garden perfect for the quality family time.
So perhaps, it is just a case of getting outside and making that effort. Sometimes we can all be a little guilty of being a bit lax and too comfortable indoors.
When we need just to set those goals of spending time outside. Push yourself to make them happen.
Here are some great reasons to get everyone outside:-
- Outdoor movie night
- A family sport tournament
- Homework time
- Arts and crafts
- Creature photography competition
- Gardening for kids
- Paddling pool
- Cloud drawing
- A garden festival
- Water fight
You can do so many activities outside and spend more time with the family at the same time.
Spending Time Outdoors Is Great For Your Family Life!
Be creative and think of ways everybody can enjoy this outdoor space together.
Family is not an important thing; it is everything – Michael J Fox
Even if you have a cup of tea and a catch-up on the lawn or an hour helping your kids with homework in the summer house, it is more than most. It is still spending time together in the garden as a family regardless of how much time you can put in. Putting effort in, recognising the need for change and trying to do things differently is half the battle.
The family is one of life’s masterpieces – George Santayana