FAM­ILY BOND­ING TIME

Set a fun and ed­u­ca­tional date with your kids

Northern Living - - NORTHERN LIFE: MOMS & KIDS - BY SAMANTHA RAMOS-ZARAGOZA

Qual­ity time or quan­tity time? When it comes to al­lot­ting bond­ing oc­ca­sions with fam­ily, the de­bate is still on. The bot­tom line, though, is the same and re­mains sim­ple: You can’t dis­count the im­por­tance of spend­ing time with your kin. Re­search sug­gests that bond­ing im­proves your chil­dren’s so­cial skills, en­hances com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween fam­ily mem­bers, and re­in­forces mu­tual re­spect. These, in turn, al­low mem­bers to value one an­other and avoid hurt­ing each other.

Take ad­van­tage of the sea­son of hearts and turn the usual lovers’ cel­e­bra­tion into a mem­o­rable fam­ily bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s noth­ing like see­ing chil­dren get all ex­cited do­ing what they want to do, while you dis­cover the kid in you, too. Take your lit­tle ones out on a date in our rec­om­men­da­tions of kid-and-adult-friendly Valen­tine must-vis­its.

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