I'm a huge fan of Kiefer Sutherland. So when the opportunity to offer one of our readers season one of his new series, Touch, I couldn't say no. Touch is a new series based on Martin Bohm is a widower and single father (played by Sutherland) who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son Jake. But when Martin discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes. Touch is available on DVD on October 16th and one of you lucky readers will get a chance to win a copy of this show to add to your collection.
In Touch, Martin has a hard time connecting with his son, Jake, this is something some parents go through with their children. We've provided helpful tips for parents on how they can better connect with their children, including having weekly family meals and making yourself more available to talk, attend events, etc. I know for our household, even though our kids are still pretty young, we make it a point to have family game night once a week, always eat together as a family and I make it a point to ask my kids every day how their day went, who they played with, etc.
Prepare Family Dinner
Set aside one evening a week when your family can prepare and eat dinner together. Allow each person to choose the recipe of the week and set a rotating schedule so everyone has a chance to make a favorite dish. Not only will you be spending time with one another, but your children will learn basic cooking skills while you learn more about their favorite foods.
Attend Sporting Event or Extracurricular Activity
No matter what activities your children take part in, stay up-to-date on how practices or rehearsals are going. Ask when special events or performances occur so you can plan your schedule ahead of time in order to attend. Remaining informed and involved in your children’s interests is key in expressing how proud you are to be their parents.
Family Game Night
A fun way to connect with your kids is to plan a family game night a few times a month. There are many options out there from classic board games like Monopoly to word games like Catch Phrase. A nice way to end a game night is to have the winner choose their favorite place to grab dessert at a local ice cream or frozen yogurt shop
Photo Sharing Project
A creative way of connecting with your children is by doing a photo project together. You can create a physical scrapbook using supplies from a local art store. Or for the tech-savvy parents, you can create a blog or photo e-book with your children. This is a great way of sharing stories and remembering fun times.
Take an Evening Walk
One way to re-connect at the end of a busy day is to take an evening walk with the entire family. Communication is key in keeping any relationship healthy so this is a relaxing and easy way to talk with your kids. Also, it is nice to be active with the family so switch it up with a bike ride or rollerblading.
So what are some things you and your kids do together?