We all understand the importance of spending quality time together as a family. Some of the most soul-satisfying feedback our Crew gets from Boundless Life families is around the sheer amount of quality time they got to spend with each other. If a family leaves having reinforced bonds - or simply had time to enjoy all the small moments that, one day, will be major memories - we couldn’t be happier.
With so much going on throughout a busy year it’s very easy for the hourglass to quickly empty before we’ve had a chance to glance up from the everyday obligations and routine of family life. ‘Parent guilt’ can also be a permanent state of being as you endlessly juggle to keep all the balls in the air. We know that our families can relate to this treadmill feeling and fear they are missing out on key moments in their family life. If you feel this too you are not alone.
We have collated some quick tips for being present with your family - even in the face of hectic family life - and you can find these little gifts further down 😊.
If you are looking for the ‘ultimate family reset’, and to conclude this year in a fantastic family-friendly setting, we have one more trick up our 2023 sleeves. We are leaving this year on an absolute high with a Blissful Bali Finale: our first-ever festive 4-week Getaway.
Between 5th December and 2nd January, our Boundless base in Sanur will open its doors for the ultimate family-friendly festive retreat. This is Boundless Life with (jingle) bells on!
We will, of course, be providing all the services, facilities and immersive opportunities you know and love from our other 3-month Boundless Experiences and Summer Getaways:
✅ Fully-equipped family-friendly Boundless Homes
✅ Our fun and forward-thinking Boundless Education programme for children aged 1-12 years. 9am-3.30pm Monday-Friday.
✅ 24/7 access to a fantastic Coworking Hub
✅ A range of curated opportunities to explore Bali at this very special time of year
In addition to all of this, our local Crew have some festive surprises lined up that will make for a truly unforgettable festive experience for your family.
We don’t want to give too much away but we can tell you about:
🎄Our wonderful community gathering lined up on or around 25th December with some fantastic food and even better company. There may even be a special visit from a special someone if we can figure out how to work the GPS on the reindeer.
🎆 Seeing 2023 out with a bang with our New Year's Eve spectacular. This will be our Farewell Event for the cohort but with added festive sparkle!
Throughout December, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy family adventures, relax and reconnect with each other, immerse yourselves in the culture and splendour of Bali and even learn new skills.
Think of this as the ultimate gift to yourself and your family and a chance to conclude 2023 in a relaxed and reflective way - ready to power into 2024.
Little Presents of Presence
Wherever you plan to spend the rest of 2023, we wish you and your family all the very best! Because we totally understand that it’s not always possible to be in one million places at once we’ve collated some quick tips for being present with your family:
🎁 Put the devices away. When you're with your family, give them your full attention. No phones, no laptops, no other distractions. Easier said than done, we know!
🎁 Make eye contact. This shows that you're listening and that you're interested in what they have to say.
🎁 Listen actively. Really listen to what your family members are saying. Ask questions and show that you're engaged in the conversation.
🎁 Be mindful of your body language. Your body language can say a lot about whether you're present or not. Make sure you're facing your family members, that you're not fidgeting, and that they can see your facial expressions.
🎁 Engage in activities together. Do things that you all enjoy together. This could be anything from playing games to going for walks to simply spending time talking.
🎁 Regular Family-Time. Creating a regular family ritual can help. One of our Boundless families established a weekly Friday ‘Pizza Night’ that they all looked forward to.
🎁 Be patient. It takes time to learn to be present. Don't get discouraged if you find it difficult at first. Just keep practising and it’ll become second nature.
If you think you might like to come and join the families who have already booked their place for our Blissful Bali Finale,, give us a (jingle) bell!