I took this photo while on a walk in Grizedale Forest. It’s not often you’ll see our kids holding hands these days so it definitely says something about the moment.
One of the things I particularly value about our adventures together, whether we’re out in the woods at the weekend or biking across the Baltics, is spending time together as a family. Over 10 years of adventuring together I’ve noticed that when we create the time to spend together and spend it doing fun or interesting stuff, something special happens; we become more of a team.
It doesn’t happen when we watch a movie or go shopping, and it certainly doesn’t happen when we’re split five ways during the week dealing with work, school or community commitments. But it does happen when we do something new, unusual or special together, especially when that something involves us all or takes us a little out of our comfort zone. Even something as simple as helping each other walk along a log.
I think doing new things together adds adds a little spice to family life and adds something intangible to the family unit. Shared experiences, funny stories, moments of connection – these little things strengthen a family and help turn a disparate collection of people who live and eat together into a family team. And I think families need that as much as sports and works teams – to help them weather the journey ahead, whatever life throws at them.
Do you think of your family as a team? Do you think making connections matters in the family? What kind of things do you to create them, to build your family team?
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