When the hustle and bustle of the holidays recedes, families settle back into their usual routines. If your college student is home for a few more weeks of winter break, though, you understandably want to spend meaningful moments together. Whether you have a day or two or just a few hours here and there, here are some ideas for quality bonding.
See a museum exhibit.
Does your town have an art or history museum that you haven’t visited in years…or ever? If there’s time to take a train into the city, seek out a lesser known museum where you will encounter something new and surprising.
Look through photos albums.
This activity never gets old and is a great way to start conversations and share family stories.
Reconnect with an old family friend, or invite a neighbor over.
Ask your student if there’s someone they’d love to see and give that person a call. Keep it casual — just afternoon tea and cookies.
Attend services at your place of worship or spiritual center.
Take time to center yourselves and be grateful for the wonderful gifts in your lives — and for each other.
Help them clean or re-organize their room.
Is it finally time to pitch that pile of spiral notebooks from high school? Would new curtains or a fresh coat of paint brighten things up? Tackle it as a team.
Get out in nature.
Buckle on some snowshoes, visit the beach, go ice skating. Almost anywhere you live, you can take a long winter walk (with or without a dog or two).
Play music together.
It is seriously fun when the family gets together to play favorite tunes on the guitar or piano. Sing, dance!
Give back to the community.
Donate a few hours at the homeless shelter, adopt a family in need, visit the elderly at a nursing home or do something for a neighbor. These are activities that are the most meaningful and build character.
Go to a sporting event.
It may not be the season for your favorite sport, but there are still many to choose from: ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and more. Cheer yourselves hoarse!
…talking about life, love and what your student is going through at school. Share your dreams and hopes for the New Year ahead.