Being that it’s the time of year where we look at our lives and decide what we’re most thankful for, I thought I would share a few things about how thankful I am for the great relationship I have with my family and why I think family bonding is so important. I was so fortunate to have the family that I did growing up, it has helped mold me into the person that I am today and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I believe that family bonding is so important because it provides a strong foundation for you to grow from, and also a great example to set for future generations.
There are lots of different ways for you and your family to bond: vacations, hunting, sports, or game nights. As some of you might know, I grew up in Puerto Rico so we weren’t able to do a lot of the vacations some families in the states are able to do. But on the rare occasion that we did, we went to one of my favorite places, Orlando Disney. I remember it being such a great time for my family and I not only because of the fun rides, but because of the opportunity to bond with them. It was especially a great time to spend with my big brother, we were able to talk and share in our experience of the vacation spot we loved so much. My parents never liked going on the rides because they got too dizzy so, he was always the one to go with me.
When we weren’t on vacation one of my favorite things to do was play checkers with my father. Sometimes we would play other games too, but checkers was always our go-to game. He would teach me how to strategize and when to go easy on others, or when to stand my ground. We could play for hours and never get bored! Of course, 90% of the time my dad would win, but occasionally I did too. Ultimately though, it wasn’t about who won or who lost, what was most important to me was the time I got to spend with my father talking and laughing while we played.
I feel that having a close relationship with my mother growing up was so important. I was never afraid to share my thoughts with her, and one of my favorite things to do was share some good old fashioned girl talk. Our way of bonding was different because instead of board games I would try and find things to do around the house that she needed help with. We would laugh and make conversation while we worked together, she was (and still is) always great at helping me to understand things that I struggle with that involve schoolwork, my friendships or just life in general.
Now things are a little different because I’m married and live on the other side of the world! But I try to visit as often as I can and I always try to fit in some special bonding time with each member of my family. My mother and I have such a great time shopping, she is always teaching me tricks on how to save money and find the best deals. My father and I usually discuss what’s going on in our lives, he is always giving me great tips on cooking and has even taught me a few things about self-defense. My relationship with my brother has grown and changed in many ways now that we’re both grown up and moved out. We very much enjoy discussing topics we have in common like movies, video games, and comic books. We have a fun time playing video games and just talking and laughing for hours!
I am so thankful that I was able to bond with my family like I did while I was young, because the benefits have been so great. From a young age I knew that I could talk to my family about anything so, I was never afraid to share my fears or concerns. It has really helped to shape me into the woman I am now. My parents have been there for us so many times, whether it’s taking care of our cat, Jax, because we weren’t able to take him to Italy with us or helping us drive from Florida to California after I married my husband. I can’t imagine anyone else who I’d rather spend three straight days in a car with than my family!
One thing I’m very sure of is how beneficial my strong relationship with my family will be to our future children. They will be able to see from example the importance and the benefits of being their for each other when things get tough. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows so, it will be important for them to know what it’s like to be there for one another during the good, the bad, and the worst.
Bonding with your family is so rewarding, it allows you to learn so much about your loved ones and helps you to appreciate what can sometimes be taken for granted. Tell us about your favorite experiences you’ve had with your family growing up, or how you think it’s shaped your life now!
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