As a parent, you should always grab any opportunity you can find to bond with your children. Regardless of the age of your little ones, you should never miss the chance to strengthen your relationship with them and let them know you are a constant presence in their life.
For families in Doha, there are plenty of activities that allow you and your loved ones to bond together. Some may require some planning and fees that you can only do them occasionally.
However, there are also several free or affordable, fun, and simple activities that you can do with your little ones regularly that can bring the family closer together.
Below are the five best activities that allow you to bond with your children in Doha:
1. Going to the mall
Children love going to the mall. With many attractions, including indoor playgrounds and entertainment centers, movie theaters, and restaurants, this place is always a favorite among the young ones.
Since the malls in Doha are accessible, you can visit them with your children anytime.
If you want to plan something special for your little ones, read about the best activities for kids in Doha that take place inside the malls. Find out what events are happening at the in-house theme parks and playgrounds and have your children join them.
Check if you can join these activities, too, so you can spend more time with your little ones.
You can also let your kids choose the things they want to do while at the mall. If they wish to look at the newest dolls or Lego sets at the toy store or read some books at a bookstore, let them do so.
The simple activities of grocery and window shopping and playing with them at an indoor park are great ways to find out what’s new with your little ones and bond with them.
As long as you communicate with your children, any activity that you can do in the mall can turn into a bonding opportunity.
2. Eating out
Eating together always brings families closer. As such, if you’re at the mall, have lunch, dinner, or a snack at their favorite restaurant.
You can also go to newly opened restaurants or sample cuisines you and your family have never tried before.
By trying out new cuisines or dishes, you teach your little ones to expand their palate and enable them to know more foods and flavors. This, in turn, will help them have a well-rounded and balanced diet. And this will allow them to get more nourishment that will support their growth.
If your kids are picky eaters, taking them to restaurants can help correct this behavior since you can have an easier time encouraging them to try new foods.
The conversations you have at the table won’t fail to bring the whole family closer, too.
3. Exploring the outdoors
There are plenty of things to do outdoors in Doha. These include spending a day at a beach, going for a walk at a park, visiting a zoo, or exploring a nearby garden.
These are activities that everyone loves doing, including your kids.
As such, make it a habit to explore the outdoors with your little ones at least once a week. Take a walk together to a park or bring them to a playground.
These outdoor activities are great for strengthening your relationship with your little ones. They also give you and your kids an excellent workout and allow everyone to experience the other health benefits of exploring nature.
Prepping and cooking meals are also great family bonding activities. As such, aside from getting your kids together at the table, ask them to help you in the kitchen, too.
Various studies show that involving children in meal preparation facilitates family bonding and togetherness. Although it may seem that having them in the kitchen means more work and mess, letting them lend a hand will do wonders for your household and for them individually.
For toddlers, ask them to remove the peels of fruits and vegetables by hand. Let them stir mixtures that are not hot, such as cake or cookie batter.
You can let older kids peel, slice, or cut fruits and vegetables. Make sure you give them safe, child-friendly knives and teach them to use them properly.
Before letting your kids help you in preparing ingredients and cooking, make sure you explain to them the important kitchen safety rules and practices.
5. Playing together
Lastly, all children want to play. It allows them to have fun, and let out their creativity and imagination.
Children also learn crucial life skills through play. Because of this, you will do well to connect with them by playing.
When you enter your children’s world and follow their lead when playing, you get to know more about them and see them from a new perspective. You can then understand them better and find ways to support their growth and development.
Additionally, the fact that you and your children are having fun playing won’t fail to bring your family closer.
The best shopping malls in Doha have the right amenities and features that will allow you and your children to do all these things together, so head to a mall if you are looking for family bonding activities.
Hisham Elzubeir is the Marketing Manager at Doha Festival City, the largest entertainment, fashion, dining and shopping destination in Qatar. The mall has more than 400 international and local brands, including some of the most anticipated names, many of which made their Qatar debut, such as Harvey Nichols, Charlotte Tilbury, Kiehl’s, Dior Beauty Boutique, ACE and IKEA. Hisham brings over 15 years of international expertise to the communications team at Doha Festival City.