Play ‘highs and lows’
Dad-of-six and founder of blog Zenhabits.net, Leo Babauta, suggests connecting through a dinner-table game in which everyone shares their top two or three high and low points of the day while the rest of the family listens.
Work on a goal together
Pick a medium-term goal that you can strive for together – whether it be reading all of the Harry Potter books before seeing the films, or shooting 10 basketball goals in a row. Both a bonding exercise and lesson in tenacity.
Regular physical contact has been shown to be hugely beneficial for children, so every so often, take the time to stop what you’re doing and just give them a cuddle. Snuggling, affection and closeness are all great ways to bond.