3 Ways to Get the Family Closer


(Family Features)–Family time is the best time for many people, and it’s often with loved ones that some of the fondest shared memories are made. Get everyone together (including your pets) for shared experiences such as outdoor activities, mealtime and game nights, for plenty of fun.

Get Fit with the Family – Find an outdoor activity the whole family can participate in like throwing a ball or other yard games. These activities can allow everyone to get moving and break a sweat. Give your pup a chance to expel some energy by joining the fun.

Play Games Together – Game nights can create a little family competition and enforce bonding time for both parents and kids. Pick a game the entire family can play, whether it’s a board game, charades or a video game. If your four-legged friend is around when you’re playing, be sure to keep small game pieces in hard-to-reach places so your pup doesn’t mistake them for treats.

Fire Up a Flick – Pop some popcorn and turn on the family’s favorite movie. Make movie night a weekly activity where each person gets a turn to pick out the movie he or she wants to watch, so everyone gets a chance to show their favorites. This is also an opportunity to snuggle close with your furry friends and show them extra love.

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