When you’re an empty nester, time spent with your adult children becomes more valuable. So when they have the time to bond with you, here are some fun activities that will help make the most of your time spent together:
1. Learn something new
Whether it’s going to pilot school or baking classes, learning something new with your child can be a fun and fulfilling experience for both of you. It might also be better to take up something you’ve never done before so that you can navigate through difficulties together and help each other get better at it. If both of you enjoy it, you can even make the lessons a regular bonding activity in the future.
2. Attend a concert or show
Is there an artist that both of you are a fan of? Or a particular event that both of you always wanted to attend? It is not usual for parents to enjoy the same artists, bands, or performers that their children do. But if you can find common ground in that area, make the most out of it by attending an event together.
3. Run errands together
If both you and your child are too busy to hang out, you can still bond with them even while running errands together. Make a day out of going grocery shopping, picking up the dry cleaning, and taking the mail to the post office. You can even squeeze in a lunch or coffee date in the middle. The point is, you don’t have to free up a whole day just to bond with your adult kids; you can do so even while doing menial things like errands and chores.
When was the last time you took a holiday with the family? Now, this bonding activity can be more tedious to plan and execute than the others, but traveling with your kids is best done when you’re still physically able to do so.
Plan a trip to the beach, the mountains, the city, or anywhere else that you’d want to experience with your children. Now that they are adults and can take care of themselves, taking a trip will be much more relaxing for you.
5. Go to a brewery or winery
One of the most significant differences in hanging out with your grown-up kids is that they can drink now. Hence, visiting a winery or brewery together to explore different types of spirits and wines is an excellent bonding activity.
6. Pamper yourselves
Your kids are now adults with tons of responsibilities on their shoulders. Help shake off some of their stress by inviting them on a pampering day with massages, facials, saunas, brunch, and just about anything that can relax your minds and bodies.
Kids grow up too fast, and the next thing you know, you’re an empty nester. When your adult children have the time to spare and want to spend it with you, make the most out of every minute by doing meaningful and enjoyable activities together. You never know when will be the next time they come around to visit, so always be grateful for each day they are around.