4 Things you’d DEFINITELY want to do for your wonderful wife and kids (But probably haven’t yet)

4 Things you’d DEFINITELY want to do for your wonderful wife and kids (But probably haven't yet)

The quote “Family is not an important thing. It is everything” by Michael J. Fox comprehensively sums up the role a man’s family plays in his life.  While this list of how to make your family happy could go on endlessly, here are the top 5 things, which will not only earn their appreciation but also make their lives as well as yours more meaningful and enriching:

4 Things you’d DEFINITELY want to do for your wonderful wife and kids (But probably haven’t yet)

1) Go Camping

Why do this?

There is no better way to bond with your family than to do so in the midst of nature where there are no day-to-day distractions such as phone calls, errands, chores, guests…the list goes on. Activities like camping play an important role in a child’s learning process where he/she learns various skills ranging from basic first aid to learning to making the best of things and coping with adversities. At a campsite, the entire family has to work in unison for activities like setting up the tent, lighting a fire and securing food, amongst others. This provides an opportunity to the family to work as a team and bond in an unparalleled way.

How to go about it?

Look up on camping spots nearby and get the camping gear. Look for a spot that is clean, sheltered by trees (lessens the effect of dew) and has an even or flat surface. Take the weather into account, as you wouldn’t want the rain to literally dampen your mood.

Also plan out fun outdoor activities that involve the whole family like playing a game of badminton or tug of war once the tent is pitched and everything is sorted.

2) Start a college fund for your kids

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Why do this?

Starting a college fund will ensure that your child’s college dream will remain immune to future financial shocks, should any occur. Investing in a college fund regularly will also mean that you don’t face any financial roadblocks should your child decide to study abroad or pursue an expensive course that maybe out of your budget otherwise.

How to go about it?

The trick here is to start early and have a large nest egg ready by the time your kids are ready for college. There are a number of investment options you could choose from – fixed deposits, mutual funds, ULIPs (Unit Linked Insurance Plans) etc. Fixed deposits carry the least amount of risk but offer low returns. If you have a high risk appetite then you can consider mutual funds for higher returns. If your risk appetite is low (after all it is your child’s college fund), consider investing in ULIPs. They carry little risk and at the same time generate high returns.

3) Take them on a long vacation

 Why do this?

Take time to unwind, relax and create lifelong memories with your loved ones. A vacation can help you take a break from your hectic schedule and reconnect with your family in a different, relaxed environment which your household simply cannot match. Work has taken over a major part of most people’s lives, resulting in less time for the family and self. For many people, planning a vacation with the family can be difficult with other commitments such as their kid’s school or spouse’s work schedule.

How to go about it?

Planning early is key here. Start with creating a vacation schedule where all the family members are free from commitments (work, school etc.). Once that is sorted, pick a place taking into account factors like family-friendly attractions, child-friendliness of the destination, budget, availability of necessities and climate. You can also go through various travel-related websites to look for good tour packages for popular tourist destinations.

4) Make space for quality “we-time” on a daily basis

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Why do this?

This creates a nurturing environment for the kids and also acts as a foundation for strong family ties. Of course, to make these sessions effective, you must ensure that distractions (gadgets, work, chores etc.) are kept at bay. The focus should be on full participation from all the family members – be it an in-depth conversation or a game or a movie session.

How to go about it?

Make a rule to eat at least one meal together where all the family members are present. You could also indulge in activities that involve participation of the entire family like playing board games after dinner. This is much easier said than done.

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