Families are often looking for quality time to spend together. Have you considered how walking the dog could be a family activity? In your home, you may have individuals who take turns walking the dog. What about using the dog walking time as an opportunity to reconnect as a family to relax and talk about what is going on in our day to day lives? No money needs to be spent on this family time. It is an activity that must happen several times a day. Why not multitask and use the walk as a constructive and fun way to be together as a family?
Parents and teens sometimes can’t find a common ground to initiate a discussion. Walking together with the dog can becoming an easy and relaxing experience which could lead to meaningful talks in that brief amount of time. Having younger kids take the lead on the walk also could help boost their self-esteem and willingness to help out with other chores around the house. Tired and stressed parents may find precious couple time during a lovely walk on a beautiful, sunny day.
Stepping away from all the constant distractions of technology that takes over our day would have long term benefits on our health and overall well being too. Walking with the dog encourages exercise and stress release.
So next time you need to walk your beloved dog, think about recruiting other family members to join the walk, and hopefully you’ll see how your family bonds will strengthen even more.