Fall Activities Can Strengthen Your Family Bond

By Holly Potoeski-Daddario, Project Sanctuary CTRS

Have you heard the saying “Families that play together, stay together?” Most families have hectic schedules. Between work stress, school, and extracurricular activities, many families feel like there is no time to play together. Some days there is barely enough time to eat dinner in the car on the way to the soccer game or piano lesson. 

All relationships need attention. No matter how big or small the family unit is, it is important to spend time each week sharing laughter and memories to strengthen your family bond. Strong family bonds build a positive sense of self-worth and help with communication and emotional health.  They teach us important life lessons, help us feel secure, reduce behavioral problems, and relieve stress.

Fall is a great season for family activities. There are lots of recreational activities that families can do together inexpensively.  You can take a hike and enjoy the beauty of the changing colors.  You can navigate through a corn maze or roam through a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins. You can go to a football game and root for your home team or heat up the fire pit on a cool autumn day and roast marshmallows.

If your budget allows you could escape to the mountains for a weekend at a cabin surrounded by nature. You could take a train ride and relax while you take in the fall colors.  If you like to get your blood pumping, take a haunted walking tour or visit a haunted house.

There are so many recreational activities at our fingertips to help with family bonding, from making caramel apples to taking a hot air balloon ride. It does not take a lot of money or time to make everlasting memories. The important thing is to find activities the whole family can try together. Whatever you decide, have fun and enjoy it!