We are a family of five, and there are days that it seems like we never have enough time to sit and do things. We have to devote our time to each kid because we feel it’s important, We spend som weekends with Austin at the Race Track, We spend weekends at the Ball Field with Lexi, and other times we’re taking Tanner to car shows or to the movies and again it’s tough to divide the time with three kids.
So how do you spend your time with your kids did you know that 73% of American kids would like more opportunities to bond with their family, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 school-aged children (aged 6–17) found that they aren’t alone: (70%) Seventy percent of parents would also like more chances to spend quality time together.
Luckily, moms and dads searching for inspiration don’t have to look far, as the survey pinpointed the top activities children want to do more of with their folks.
Commissioned by Red Robin yes Red Robin as in YUM shared results showing that the top activities were spending the day at the beach, playing sports in the yard and taking a day trip to a museum or amusement park. Also making the list were playing board or card games as a family or going out to dinner together. For parents looking to make the most of the rest of their summer, other activities on the list were creating arts and crafts, hiking in the woods and cooking meals as a family.
When it comes to connecting around the dinner table, kids say they’d have more fun with their family if they were allowed to decide the order of the meal, i.e. dessert first (59 percent), could order for the entire family (52 percent) or if they were the only ones allowed to ask questions at the table (32 percent).
In good news for parents, the majority of children surveyed consider their family to be close (90 percent), with more than half of those (56 percent) specifying a “very close” bond.
That shows that even though 34 percent of children don’t think their parents understand what it’s like to be a kid today, it doesn’t affect the strength of their family connections.
Even when asked about their friends, children were more likely to feel connected to their family than their peers (49 percent vs. 14 percent).
Sixty-nine percent of kids surveyed would like more one-on-one time with their mom, while 72 percent felt the same about their dad.
So if you have no plans this weekend, MAKE SOME here is a look at the top 10 things kids want to do with YOU
- Go to the beach
- Play sports
- Go to the pool
- Go to the movies
- Play at a park
- Take a day trip (zoo, museum, amusement park, etc.)
- Play board games/card games
- Go Shopping