When we are young we do everything within our power to get away from our parents. Those teenage years are full of angst and raging with hormones so, naturally, we rebel against what our parents have to say. By doing so, we skip over great years of relationship building.

Eventually, with age, we start to settle down and realize how important and valuable those relationships we build with our family truly are. We look fondly back on those times we spend together, which brings a smile to our face and a flutter to our hearts. For this article, I’d like to share some of the activities you and your parents (or you and your children) can do that will create these lasting family memories.

1. Family trips
Family trips are a great way to create bonds with everyone participating. The trip doesn’t necessarily need to be a big excursion; spending time over the weekend on the open road is often enough to create a few, great memories from the activities you all take part in during the trip.

2. Hobbies
Hobbies, too, are a great way to bring people together. Activities like working together sewing a quilt, doing puzzles, or building something neat like a picnic table makes for a great afternoon/weekend. The upside, as well, is that the things you create can be great talking points in later years which will always bring up a great conversation and reflections of that time.

3. Camping
Similar to a road trip is going out doing a family camping trip. Sometimes it’s a good thing that everyone breaks away from technology. Sure there may be some complaints at first since people can’t get online but eventually, with enough activities while camping, everyone will enjoy themselves and the time they spend together. Going out for a swim, sitting next to a roaring fire, or hiking the trails can be quite the fun adventure that won’t be forgotten.

4. Portraits and albums
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I say each of those words can spur a memory. Getting together to take family portraits is a great activity for creating a tangible memory for the future. It’s hard getting everyone together so these types of pictures are really something special. Once you get them processed get a copy for everyone. Your kids will certainly appreciate a great family portrait for their new place and you’ll definitely love it, too, sitting by your bedside.

5. Concerts
I can bet that everyone remembers their favorite concert down to the smallest details. Music is a very big part of all our lives and so what better way to create memories than to go to a concert together with the family? Everyone could agree on a musician or band they all like, pick up tickets, and make a whole day surrounding the event such as tailgating before the show, seeing it, and then hanging out and talking about the experiences afterward!

6. New traditions
Traditions that are common are a family movie night, eating together on Sunday afternoon, or maybe getting together once a year to visit a favorite destination. Why not put in some extra effort and create a new tradition with the family? It can be anything as long as it’s something you feel you all would do once a year. Over time, these events become very sentimental to everyone and each will provide a unique experience that will create endless memories with the family.

Everyone likes to talk about how we’re all drifting apart because we’re too hooked to our phones and computers. They act like the family unit is totally failing, but this isn’t the case for those who actually try. When you do activities like the ones in this post, you are guaranteed to create memories that will keep the family close. Go ahead and try one this week!

Over to you – what activities do you do with the family to create great memories? Share your suggestions with a comment.