This post is part of the 5 Days of Making Your Home a Haven series.
So far in this series we have discussed cultivating a heart for our homes and creating a peaceful atmosphere. In order for our homes to be a haven, it must to be a place that encourages family members to spend time there. We want our homes to be the place our family would choose to be above any other place–aside from heaven, of course! Today I want to share some tips for creating a close-knit family through family fellowship in order to create a haven that encourages our families to enjoy being a home.
5 Ways to Encourage a Close Knit Family
- Eat together. Family meals are a thing of the past in many households. This is such a tragedy in my opinion as I believe that many intentional teaching and learning times can happen around the dinner table, especially if you’re intentional about it. I love the idea of using conversations starters to encourage meaningful (and sometimes just fun) discussions during mealtimes.
- Pray together. Prayer and family devotions are the most important step in creating a close-knit family. Helping your family connect on a spiritual level is the best thing you can do. Not only does it promote unity in your family, but it is important for children to see and hear their parents read the Bible and pray. It also gives you a chance to instill important lessons and teach Biblical principles in a way your children can understand, allowing them to learn from those who love them the most.
- Play together. If you want you family to enjoy being home, you have to make home life enjoyable. Nobody likes to spend time in a place that is boring and dull. Set aside time in your schedule for your family to have fun today. Play board games, have a movie night, ride bikes, or make a craft. The possiblilties are nearly endless. You can find a lot of great ideas on my Fun for the Family board on Pinterest.
- Read together. Along with reading the Bible and having devotions, reading out loud to your children is a wonderful way to bond as a family and nurture a love for books. A special reading time can be part of your evening routine to help them settle down. You can find book lists from Read Aloud America that are divided into age groups or GoodReads has a list of poular family favorites.
- Work together. While having fun together is important, learning to work well with each other is also vital in encouraging unity in your home. This is especially important for children as it will give them important social skills needed as adults.
Have you figured out the common denominator in all of these suggestions? A close-knit family requires spending a lot of time together! If you initiate fellowship in your home, you are bound to create a fun-filled haven that promotes unity among all who live and gather there.
What activities do your family enjoy doing together?
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