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Episode · 4 years ago

Family Bonding On A Budget

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What do you do when you want to have an amazing time with your family, doing something different than you normally do and don’t want to break the bank? Well on today’s episode of Dads With Swag I break down some awesome, fun, and creative ideas so that you can spend time bonding with your … Continue reading Family Bonding On A Budget

You are now about to witness the strength of street others. You're listening to dad's with Swag, where your coach Shawn has the tools to help you navigate some of lifes ups and downs. Let's do it. Whether you're trying to balance work in life, going through a difficult time in marriage or trying to manifest that perfect mate, Shaunky get you from where you are to where you want to be. Loving husband and Dada two amazing girls. Your coach Shaun can help you turn your dreams into goals and make them a reality. No more thing and change is kind of start making change with the swaggy's data. Them all, your coach Seawan. What is us? Welcome everybody back to an amazing episode of Dad's with Swag. I'm glad you guys can join us this week. We coming at you live from the swaggist studios of them all, the dads with Swag Studios, right here in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona. What? What? Yeah, this week, man, we got a great topic for you. I'm talking about family bonding at low to no cost, right, because that's really important. Like family bondings important, right. But everybody assumes that it costs so much money to like do things with the family, like go to Disneyland, go do this, go do that, but a lot of these things you can do. You can get some great bonding time in with zero to no cost. You know, you guys can get at me on all social media at your coach, Shawn. You got any questions? Want to talk to me about show topics? Hit me up on email, Sewan at Sean Alfonsocom you can find all my previous episodes that Dad's with swagcom and don't forget to show me some love on itunes. Man, I care. You really use the help and the support. Subscribe, write a comment, throw some five star reviews up there. You know, tell me what you think about the show and if you love this episode, hit up DADS with swagcom man. I got plenty of other episodes for you guys to check out and we're going to be rereleasing some of our old episodes, like on Thursdays and stuff like that. We're going to be doing some secret drops of previous episodes that we had recorded at our old studio before we built out this amazing new spot here and Paradise Valley Arizona. What? What if you guys want to leave me a voicemail, you know, tell me about some show topics? Maybe you don't want to hit me up on social media or wherever you cleve a voicemail for five, five hundred seven nine, one thousand and fourhundred and eighty three. But let's get to it. You know what I'm saying. Let's talk about some family bonding at low to no cost. So, you know, me and the Fan Bam, we you know, we did this gardening project. You know, Wifei Doun this thing on Pinterest and she thought it'd be a great idea to to do some pinterest stuff and I definitely for sure thought I was going to be a pinterest fail at first because it looked pretty complex and involved a bunch of cinder blocks and some gardening stuff, and I was really nervous at first. But the girls, you know, we had we had a long, long weekend break, at three day weekend break, and we decided, hey, we're going to we're going to get after this thing and try this and see see what happens. We're going to really, you know, go try this gardening thing. And so, you know, we went to the Home Depot, picked up some of them cinder blocks, came home, started building a thing. We went to a nursery, got some plants and, you know, got all the stuff that we needed. And actually we had to make a couple trips back and forth. But what I realized is that during this whole time, like it was great bonding time, like none of the kids were on their phones, none of them were on their ipads. You know, me and wife, we weren't on any of our devices. We were really just having like some one on one, good quality time. And then we decided, we're like, man, you know, we're doing this. We saw some other projects in the backyard that can be done. So, you know, we decided to shoot man, we just going to go for it, go all out and do some other stuff. So, you know, we painted some benches and man, we did all kinds of stuff, and it didn't cost as much, like we had to buy some plants and buy some cinder blocks, you know, a couple bucks. But even if you don't want to spend money on plants or cinder blocks or any of that kind of stuff, like you can just tend to the yard and a garden that you already got, and you know some of my listeners are in big cities, skyrises. Maybe you don't have a backyard or a garden or anything like that, but you know there's a lot of urban gardens that you guys can go to and you can go help them, like pull some weaves or do...

...some gardening or plant some flowers or some vegetables or and things like that. So it's a really great way to man hey, get the family outside, be get them off their portable electronic devices, get them away from the TV, get them away from the video games, get them away from all those outside noises and distractions and really get some good quality one on one bonding time. I know that for me and my family, man, we really enjoyed it and and I'm sure that you will to. Another good one is cooking. Cooking together, I found for me and my family like we try to cook together as a family at least two nights a week. We try to our goal is four nights a week to have a home cooked meal on the table as a family together. Now sometimes we can't do that because my oldest does a crazy amount of dance. So sometimes it's like three of us are eating together and then we'll throw you know, keep her plate warm for her and and she'll eat it after dance, but it's still a homecooked meal and we try to do this and and build this sense of community around food and meals, because I know as a kid man I used to love it when my grandma would help, let me help her in the kitchen and just spending that time with her. You know, it was amazing. I really I really enjoyed it. So I kind of want to instill that in my family. So we do it. We try to cook multiple meals, home cooked meals, every week for the family, but a couple of those meals we cook together as a family, right, and it's everybody chipping in, all hands on deck. And when we first started it, it was it was a little crazy, right, because it was like you got to get all these ingredients and Yada, Yada, Yada. You know, you gotta tell the kids to do this and do that. It was a little crazy. But then we started doing those like you know, you do the online food orders and then they ship it to you in a box to your house, and you know, we tried all of them and the one that we do now we've been rocking this one for like six months to a year now. We love it at our house because, a their menus are very kid friendly, very family friendly. The food is delicious and my house anything that they send us that's like Asian inspired food, the kids go crazy for. But we eat any like. They send us all kinds of stuff and we do that twice a week and we go through hello fresh now. I reached out to hello fresh probably like three hours before I recorded this show and I said, you know, hello fresh man, I'm a big Fan. I've been using your products for a while. Wife, He loves it, I love it, the kids love it. I want you guys to please Hook my dad's with swag listeners up with a little something, something, because I've been such a loyal user of yours. I think it's good that you guys like show some love to my fans and my listeners and my supporters right because these families out there, they're going to love your product. So they said, Ai Sean, we're going to do something for you that. We typically don't do it for a lot of people, but we're going to hook you up. So I got this code. Okay, it's swag thirty. So you go to hello freshcom, you put in user code, like you find their little savings coupon, Promo Code, whatever it is, and you put in Swag, swag, and the number thre hundred zero. That's going to save you thirty. Man, I wish I had this when I first signed up for hello fresh. It's going to take thirty dollars off your bill. Now it this is straight from the heart, like me and the family. If you check, you know, my instagram or wife he's Instagram, you're going to see us posting about hello fresh all the time. We use this. We love it. It is the coolest bonding experience with your family. Now here's the cool thing about it, because all the like ingredients are already made to measure right. If there's an onion there, you cut up that onion. If there's bell peppers or carrots or radishes or whatever it is, all you got to tell the kid is a slice this, like that it and then the right amount is right there what they need to slice up. If there's like seasonings or spices, they put it in these little packages right, so you don't have to tell the kid, oh, you need a little bit of this or a little bit of that and then they end up putting too much in and you know, blows out your mouth because they put so much spice in there. This comes all premeasured right. So all they got to do is rip off the top poor the packet of spice in the thing. It is so easy. The directions clearly printed out like it's easy. One, two, three, four, five, six step directions. It's so easy, it's so fun, it's so user friendly. So check out hello freshcom Promo Code Swag thirty. Get your thirty dollars off man use it and, if you like it, hit me up on social media, tag me in any post that you do or, you know, get at me on email. Sewn at Shan Alfonsocom but cooking with family, even if you choose not to do that. Hello fresh, which I highly recommend, because I think it's a great value and I think like I think we end up...

...paying like thirtys of meal and that's for four people. I think we pay sixty dollars a week and that's thirty dollars per meal. so that's for feeding for people for Thirty Bucks. Like, other than McDonald's, you can't really like eat for thirty bucks like anytime I go to the grocery store, even if it's for just a onnight meal, I'm dropping a hundred bucks. Right, everybody knows that. You go to the grocery store, you got to shop for one meal and you're dropping seventy two a hundred bucks. It's kind of like going into target, right, you can't get out of target for under a hundred bucks. You can't go today's Day and age, can't go to the grocery store for under a hundred bucks. So check out this. Hello fresh. I love it. But now, like I said, even if you choose not to go that route and you're like hey, you know, I'm just going to go to the grocery store, pick out my own food, my own produce, you know, maybe whoop woop, whatever you like. However you like to do it, just go ahead and do it. But that bonding time that you get, that thirty minutes in the kitchen that you get hanging out the family, no TV, no portable electronic devices, no video games. You know, maybe turn on some tunes, crank ups some tunes and just get at it. It's fun and it and it lets your kids and actually, I've learned, you know, that when my kids know what is going in the food, they're more likely to eat it, and when they had a hand in making it, they're more likely to eat it. So it's been a huge success in our family and just an amazing bonding opportunity, and I know your family is going to love it too. So give it a shot and, like I said, man, hit me up on social media. If you guys do that, hello fresh. Use Promo Code Swag Thirty, get your thirty dollars off and then tag me in a photo. Man, I would love to see it. My family's out there cooking it up, banging pots, making some dinner, doing some good bonding time. Another great bonding opportunity is decorating the house right and it's we're coming into the holiday season, so I got decorating on my mind. But it doesn't just have to be the holiday season where you can decorate. You could always decorate like during the summer, during the spring, during the fall, like you, there's all these opportunities that you have where you guys can hang out and decorate the house together, you know, and maybe it's just like hey, we're going to go down to the target and and get like some new flowers or some vases or some, you know, some kind of wall coverings or, you know, maybe we're going to reap post or some chairs or whatever it may be. You know what I'm saying, like let's go find some Pastel Napkins to put out on a house, or let's go find some new table cloths or some new place mats or some new pillows or something like that. And maybe you know you're sitting there because, like I said, man, I'm a ball or on a budget, and I know that a lot of my listeners are too. So you don't have to always go to target or you don't always have to go to expensive places like you guys. Could also just go to the thrift store, you know what I'm saying, go thrift store shopping, find some cool new decorations for the House and have fun with it. Right. Another cool thing you can do is you can get those dryer race markers, you know what I'm saying, those dry race markers. They work great on dry race boards, but another place they work really well is on windows. You can let the kids, like paint summer theme, Spring theme, fall theme, winter theme. You can let them draw in the windows. These kind of different things. You know what I'm saying. That takes, you know, a little couple hours out of the day, out of a weekend. That's good bonding time and that's what it's all about. You know, we only get eighteen good years with our kids. Let's make the most of it. Let's bond as much as we possibly can with these kids. Like back in the day it was a lot different, right. We didn't have as many distractions, there weren't as many things pulling our pulling us and all these different directions. We pretty much just had school and after school activities. Nowadays, as parents, we're battling man. We're going up against everything. We're going up against school, we're going up against after school activities, we're going up against friends. We're going up against cell phones, ipads, you know, e readers, TV, you know Netflix, Youtube, Yahoo, you know, you know man, you know all Amazon, Hulu, regular TV. We're going up against video games, like you name it. There are millions of things, thousands of things, hundreds of things trying to pull our kids attention and get their time and get their eyes and get their brains. We gotta force some issues where we can get that time with our kids and I'm telling you, man, this is a great start. Little cooking, some gardening, some house decorating. Remember, hit up hello fresh swag thirty to get your thirty dollar savings. But we about to get into my first break. Today's episode I chose to do like cool family fun, get you move and in grooving.

So, if you're in your car, if you're at your office, if your house, turn a volume up high right now, because I'm about to drop some sister sledge. We are family on you and you got man. This song is just going to make you move, it's going to make you groove and I really know you're going to enjoy it. If you guys want to hit me up on social media, get at me at your coach sewn. You could always email me, Sean Shan Alfonsocom you can find all our other episodes at Dad's with swagcom. We're on all platforms that you can find podcasts and we're definitely on itunes. And when you hit up Itunes, making sure you subscribe, review my show, rate my show and if you review my show and rate my show and like hit me up on social media, I'll give you a shoutout. Man, as one of the swaggiest dad's, swaggiest MOM's swaggiest aunts. Whatever you is, you tell me. Say, Sean, just show me some love, man, I'll hit you up. I show you some love on social media and let everybody know just how swaggy you are. Sister Sledge, we are family. We were together as we walk on and we fly just my fa I want all of the people around the city. Can they be that close? Just let me state we're giving love and a family were. Life is one. We just become to get a shit. This world's for the future and goes inside. We know we don't get it pressed. Here's my waycome, I'll have anything. You have nothing to do? You want? Go on. Oh No, this is a family were. Now that's a dance for sweats. Sure, let's do it. WHOO, man, sister sledge bringing it. We are. Matt if you can't move and groove to that joint, then something is drastically wrong with you, because I'm telling you, man, Whoo, that just gives me fired up. You know what I'm talking about. Hey, if you guys want to get at me at social media, hit me up at your coach, Shawn. You could always email me Sean Shan alfonsocom. All of our previous episodes can be found at DAD's with swagcom go to itunes. Please...

...show me some love, review the show, subscribe to the show, rate the show. You can go to Sean alfansocom for all this information as well. A remember hello fresh, Promo Code Swag thirty. Get your thirty dollars off. Hello fresh. I love it. You'll love it, I'm telling you. Man, are you a dad that has no idea where to get the perfect birthday gifts? To the last minute birthday parties? Your kids just told you about? Wife's on a girl's trip and you need to find some swaggy things to do with the kids, make sure you go to that one stop shop made for Dad's by Dad's a Z, dad'scom Alli. Man, we're talking all things bonding on a budget. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Man. You want to spend some time with the family, with the kids, with Wifei maybe you a single parent. You just want to bond with your kid, whatever it may be, but today we need to start strategizing. We really need to start being proactive in creative on how we create these spaces to bond with our kids right. So, man, I got some tips here. We went over a few. I got a few more for you. This is one of my favorites out of all the ones that I got. Even this is to me. I love this more than you save and thirty dollars, even though I'm happy that you get to save thirty dollars on hello fresh by using Promo Code Swag Dirty, I'm even more happy with this idea right here, because to me, this is the coolest bonding experience you can ever do with your kid, and that's volunteering, volunteering. The family that volunteers together is the family that stays together. I'll preach that all day long, because not only when you volunteer do you get the benefit of helping somebody else, you get the benefit of knowing that you did something good for a complete stranger. Not only do those complete strangers get the benefit of your help and your assistance, but that just paves the way for good things to pour into your family. And when we get good blessings, man, you know we want good blessings. We want good blessings at work, we want good blessings in the paycheck and the bank account. We want good blessings while we driving down on a road, hope we don't get cut off. We want good blessings when we pull up to the grocery store and hope that we get that front row spot. But the good blessings that we need more than anything are the good blessings in the family, right, because we want our family blessed and volunteering will bless up your family like none other. And this is a bonding experience that once again man, because all my bonding experiences are trying to do one thing, that's trying to get the eyes off of the devices, the hearts opened up and focused on family, right. So this is another opportunity for you guys to sit down at a as a family and talk about it now. But I don't want you to do is I don't want you to just say, Hey, family, we're going to go volunteer next Tuesday at this right and that's cool. If you want to be proactive, that's cool, but you might get some pushback, especially if your kids are a little bit older, especially if they're starting, like through the teenage years, hitting that puberty stage. You might get a little push back, a little resistance. So what I would recommend is I would recommend, during one of these hello fresh home cooked meals, sit down at the table and talk to the family and be like, Yo, I want us to go volunteer somewhere. What would you guys like to go volunteer and do? And talk about it as a family, because maybe you're thinking, like, go feed the homeless, but maybe two kids are thinking, Hey, let's go work at an animal shelter, you know, and I'm saying like, or maybe wife he thinking, Hey, let's go work at a food pantry. There's so many different types of volunteer opportunities out there that I think that it would it would benefit the family as a whole to let them have some involvement and let them have some say. And what kind of volunteering you all do? All right, so talk about it, think about it, figure out, Hey, what is the family like, what's everybody's interest? What do they want to do? How do they want to give back? And if you guys can't come to a consensus on one, hey, then you know what, you can never volunteer too much. Make a list say hey, you know what, this month we're doing it this this month we're going to volunteer at the homeless shelter this month, we're going to volunteer at the Food Pantry this month, we're going to volunteer at the animal shelter this month, we're going to go volunteer at the Children's Hospital this month, we're going to go volunteer at the old folks home, and I guarantee you not only will you feel empowered and happy that you guys went and gave...

...back, but man, the blessings on your family are just going to flow, flow, flow, flow. And guess how much it costs a volunteer? Take a guess. Nothing, ZIP, zero, not a zilch. So there's nobody out there that can tweet at me and be like Yo, Yo, coach Sean Man, why you have all these ideas? You Know Me and my family we balling on a budget. We can't do none of that stuff. Well, you know what? It costs? Nothing to go fall inteer. It costs absolutely nothing to give back to your community. You're surrounding neighborhoods and trying to make your community, your city, your county, your state better than it was before you started volunteering. It costs nothing. So get off your ass, get the kids together, the family together to wipe it together and go out there and do some good in this world. Man, I'm telling you, in the blessings, oh man, the blessings, they will pour in and then you don't hit me up and you're going to be like Yo, coach man. That was the best thing ever me and my family. We went and volunteered to have a tap for humanity. We built these homeless people a house. It was the most cool thing we've ever seen. You know, we interacted with these other people and, you know, my kids stopped wanting about getting a new iphone because they realize that not everybody got it as good as they got it and at least they got a roof over their head or refrigerator with some food in it. You could always volunteer, always, and it doesn't cost nothing. Now here's another great one that's really, really, really inexpensive, man, and this is a good one too, because I think like today's Day and age, where indoors all the time. You know what I'm saying, like you roll up to your house, you open your garage door and boom, you parked. You Get up to your house and then you don't you don't talk to the neighbors. You don't go outside, you know, and if you live in an apartment, you park in your spot, you roll up to your joint and you just you in, right, you don't. You don't go out and socialize. There's no more like hanging out on a front porch and talking to the neighbors and playing outside. You know, everybody's like keeping to themselves. And the kids, they come home, they got all the homework to do, they got all the after school activities, like it's just go, go, go, go go. So this one's a cool one, man, because it kind of slows you down a little. And that's a lunch picnic in the park, all right. So now this is like double bonding time, right. You're going to get two for one out of this one, because the first bonding experience you're going to get, you're going to get to bond while you're making the sandwiches and you're making a picnic to go play in a park, right. So you're going to get that bonding time. You're going to get the bonding time of preparing the picnic basket. You know what I'm saying? Yeah, the picnic basket. I love saying picnic basket. But you don't get that bonding time, then you're going to also get the double bonding time of once you get to the park right, you could play catch, you can play tag, you can run around, you could just chill, read books, relax. Post up takes a couple hours. Man. You have a nice little picnic, you know, you eat your sandwiches, your bottles of water or juice or Gatorade or whatever it may be, and you guys just relax and you talk and it gives you those opportunities to converse with your family, converse with your kids, especially, you know, if you don't get that much time during the day, during the week to have conversations with your kids. These are important opportunities and we have to create these opportunities nowadays. They're not just going to fall on our laps. We have to create them and this is a great way to create that opportunity, you know. And and it all the cell phones, portable electronic devices, they're all left in the car because this is a picnic time and you could even find a cool picnic spot where there's no cell reception or something, you know, and it will force those opportunities where you have to converse your kids have to talk to you. You know, you could ask them questions. How things going to school? How things going in your social life? You know you making out with boys yet, you know, I don't know, whatever depends on the edge of your kid. What you guys want to talk about. You know, how's that thing going with Soandso at school? Has it been resolved? Is it still doing good? Is it's still doing bad? Is there anything Daddy, your mommy needs to do to help out? Like you got all these opportunities to to have these conversations when you're having a picnic in the park. Now this next one is definitely on a budget. Now, this isn't my most favorite. This is probably one of my least favorite things to do. However, it is an amazing bonding opportunity. It is very low cost and very high reward, and that's camping. Now, I know there's probably a lot of my listeners right now. They just turned me off. Please don't. If you turned me off, well, you're not listening, but if you're about to turn me off, just don't give me a minute. I'm telling in you I will get you through this camping...

...now, if you don't already have camping stuff, or you don't know somebody who has camping stuff to borrow it from. I'm not telling you to go out there and spend hundreds of dollars on tents and sleeping bags and all that stuff, right, because I've given you so many options you could just pick something else. But if you do have all that stuff or you know somebody that will loan you some camping equipment, then by all means, because all you really need right is a tent, some sleeping bags, and in some places you can't. You don't even need a tent, just some sleeping bags, maybe a tarp to put over the ground, some wood for a camp fire, and you're eating food. You're buying food anyways. You're going to eat at home or eat somewhere anyway, so I don't even count that. You probably want some kind of like night lantern so in case you got to go to the bathroom in the bushes, you know you can bring a light with you. But you don't need that much equipment, right. I'm not telling you to go out there and buy all kinds of tents and sleeping bags and hiking boots and hunting gear and all whatever, like you don't need to go all crazy, but camping is a great way to bond with your family because most of the camping places out there in the US and around the world, probably, I would assume, they don't have wi fi. There's not good cell phone or exception. The kids are forced to leave the TV's and the game boys and the iphones and the Samsung Eights and you know whatever they rock in these days. They're forced to leave that stuff at home, leave it in the car and you guys can hang out around a campfire, make some smores, go on nature walks, look for bear poop. I don't know what the heck people do in a camp but I do know that it's a great bonding experience and it's a great opportunity to get back to some nature, talk to your family, be there to listen to your children and listen to your spouse and decompress, man, decompressed from that crazy work week, the hectic life. Don't think about the bills, don't think about the responsibilities, just be out there with God and when nature and enjoy this marvelous creation that he made for us by camping. Now that's it. I'm done. I'm off to camping. I will not, for the rest of the show, talk about camping anymore. I might just touch on it at the end, but that'll be it, and I promise not to do another episode on camping for at least another six months, maybe a year. I might never talk about camping again because, like I said, it's not my favorite thing to do. And if you're a camper out there, you know, don't blast me on social media and be like Yo, Shan, why don't you like to camp? I just don't like it. I don't you know, everybody likes different things, different strokes for different folks. I'm not much of a camper. That's just me. This next break, man, we're going to go with a little black eye peas. I got a feeling this is another one of those joints, man, where it just makes you move and it makes you groove. So if you in that car, turn the Stereo Up, if you hanging out at the office, put those ear pods in and turn it up, because we about to rock out with some black eye peas. I'm telling you, this is a great jam. If you guys want to hit me up on social media, get it at me at your coach Shawn, you could always email me. Sean Shan alfonsocom. All my past episodes are available at Dad's with swagcom. Find US on itunes. Subscribe, you know, review us, rate the show. Tell everybody you know in the neighborhood. Yo, check out dad's with swag on itunes. Show us some love, man. I need it. We need all the support we can get. I got a feeling the black eyed peas and I got a feed that night going to bed, that night's gonna be. That's gonna be good, good night. That night's gonna be. That's gonna that's gonna be good night's gonna gonna let's I got my money. Let's go out special...

...l Oh my God up, let's kick it home. I will have a let's go away still. Look at it. Yes, just take it. Oh, let's play to town. We'll shut it down. Let's burn the roof. Do let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it, do it and do it, and do it and do it. If do it, do it. Let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it, because I got feeling that to night's gonna be a good night, that to night's gonna be good that your night's gonna be good, good night feeling, that night's gonna be good night, that night's gonna be good night, that to night's gonna be good good night to night at night. Let's leave it all. Let's give it. I got my money. Let's spin it. Let's spin it. A home out of Spash, like, Oh my God, I got my God about that. So let's get it. Look at a movie. Just take it. Let's play the town, make the time, shut it down, let's burn the roof and then we'll do it again. Let's do it, let's do it, let's do it's do it and you will do it and we come, here we go. We gotta R easy, come easy now we feel the shot, body rock backing down, gonna let's do it. Welcome back to dad's with swag. WHO The black eye peas, I tell you, and whoo just gets me hi Fi. I'm telling you, man, I love that and I also love to give back to charity. Sometimes I find it hard just to cut a big check. I get so busy with the wife and kids. I'm more of a set it and forget it kind of guy. That's why I love the Angel Club. I can pick the amount I want taking out of my checking account every month. I never see the money, so I never miss the money and I can always feel good knowing I'm giving back every month. If you want to join the Angel Club, just go to Pierce Family Foundationcom. You guys want to hit me up on social media, get at me, at your coach Sawn, you can his email me. Sean Shan alfonsocom All our past episodes. Dad's would swagcom. Hit US up on Itunes, subscribe, review, rate the show. Tell all your home boys, all your home girls, your Mama's, Your Papa's, your aunt, your uncle's, your niece's, your nephews to check out dad's would swag, the swaggiest podcast hitting the I don't even know, the interwebs is what we can call...

...it. So we're talking all things bonding on a budget right, because eat. No matter how much money you got, you want to make sure that you're spending it wisely and if you can save a nickel here save a dollar there, why not? Another good way to bond with your family and not blow out the budget is a family game night. This is hit or Miss Right, because us there's some families out there that just you know, game nights don't go well because, depending on the age of the kids and the maturity level, it's like some kids will want to quit. If another kid loses, then they throw a big ten per tantrum. So I understand if family game night doesn't work for everybody, right, but it works for most people and it works in our family. We love playing games. We don't do it all the time, but when we do, man we have a really good time. So family game night is a great bonding experience. It allows you to sit around to the table, no electronic devices, no phones, no ipads, no TV, and it just gives you that opportunity to kind of talk with the kids, bond with the kids, laugh with the kids and have fun with the kids, right, and that's really what it's all about. And it doesn't matter what Games you get. You know, I haven't started this yet, but I know that it's on my to do list of things that I want to do now that my youngest is getting a little bit older. I want to start playing some card games with the kids, right, playing some card games like spades or rummy or like these things that I played with my grandma when I was a little kid. You know, maybe even play some bones though, some dominos and and just kind of let them see some of these games that they don't know about right because they're on their electronic devices and they busy playing pokemon go and all this other stuff on their phones. Right, kind of show them. But a more old school games and if you got a cool old school card game that you think my I would like and wife you would like in all my kids would like, hit me up on social media at your coach Shan and let me know or email me, Sean Shan Alfonsocom and let me know what game, Card Games you and your kids are playing, because I'd love to check those out too. But a game night, it's just a fun way to spend a couple of quality hours with your family, with the kids, and have this bonding time that is of no cost or little cost. If you don't have any games and you got to go buy a deck of cards for two bucks, come on, that's not going to kill you. And I'm sure, and you know, I'm sure, you got some games at the House that you can that you already got there, that you could play and it's not going to cost you anything. Now here's another cool one. Now, depending on where you live, is going to depend on like if this is going to work out for you, because not every place has it. But College sporting events, college sporting events, are a great way to bond with the family. Now there's a caveat. Okay, here's the caveat. Here's the big butt. The Big Butt not a football game, not a college basketball game. I'm talking smaller stuff, more intimate stuff, maybe like a college baseball game or college softball game or College Lacrosse match or college swim competition or college soccer game, like one of those obscure a sports right, we're most likely you can get in for free. It can help you know, tell your kids, Hey, you can go to college. It's fun and you don't have to play basketball or football or one of the big, you know, sports, and it gives you that opportunity to like hang out, watch some cool competition and bond with your family and it's not going to cost you much. Just stay away from the football in the basketball and some of those things that have price your missions right because and even even at communities, got community college. Community colleges have sport athletic teams as well, so you can go to one of those games and check out something obscure and it might, you never know, like it might instill a passion in your children that they didn't have before because they didn't know about it. Right. Maybe you live on the West Coast, where Lacrosse isn't as popular yet, and your kid doesn't even know about Lacrosse and you go to a college Lacrosse game and like Oh man, I want to play Lacrosse or soccer or, you know, archery or something cool, diving. Go to a college diving competition, like some of these obscure things. It's going to get you guys out of the house, it's going to give you something to do on the weekend so to kids will stop asking what are we going to do? What are we going to do? What are we gonna do? Here you go, I got something you can do. We're going down to the college, we're going to watch this competition and we're going to bond as a family to other and it's,...

...once again, zero. It's a little cost. Right now, this is my last this is my last one before my break for my next break here, and I saved this one for last because this is the only one that involves a screen. Okay, because everything else up into this has been an opportunity for you to take the screens out of hands, take the eyes off the screens and things like that. But this one, I believe, is also a great family bonding experience. We do it Sunday nights at my house when wife and I got the girls, Sunday night is movie night. We make an earlier dinner. You know, the girls get showered and put their pajamas on. Then we have, you know, we we have our Sunday night dinner and then we have Sunday movie night and, you know, you make popcorn and we do a rotation. So we start, you know, everybody gets a different Sunday and they get to pick the movie that we watch for moving night. And of course they're all family friendly movies, right, and nobody picking nothing crazy. It's got to be age appropriate for the whole family and everybody gets a different turn picking and one of the rules is is even if you don't like to move you got to sit through it because somebody in the house picked it and they like it. So you can't complain about somebody's pick. But it's a great way to like hang out, even though you're vegging in front of it te be and you're watching a movie, you're still like passing the popcorn and cuddling up on the couch. You know, however, you guys do it and it's an inexpensive way to have a Sunday night at home and it gives the kids and you some time to decompress before you start that next week. Right. So it gives you that time, that two hours, hour and a half, depending if it's a kids movie, to just kind of decompress and let your mind just wander and then you know you can get started on your Monday. So you pop some popcorn, you make it a fun and now, I wouldn't recommend you do it every single day or all the time, but once in a while to have a family movie night is a very inexpensive way to bond is the family and have some good cuddle time. And you know, like I said, you only got eighteen years with these kids. Man, take as much cuddle time as you can get, because once your kids hit a certain age they're not going to want to be cuddling anymore. So we have to we have to, you know, take advantage of all this cuttle time while we can take advantage of this cuttle time. So this next song, man, I had to throw some Jackson five in their rock and Robin. This is another one of those jams that you're going to want to turn up and it's probably a song that you ain't heard and a long time, but I guarantee you're going to know ninety percent of the words once it starts playing through the speakers. You can hit me up on social media at your coach Sawn. You could always email me. Sean. Sean alfonsocom find all my past episodes at Dad's with swagcom. Go to Itunes, subscribe, review, rate the show, show me some love. Hey, and don't forget, you got that thirty off hello fresh by using Promo Code Swag thirty. The Jackson Five Rock and Robin. Now to dance, sweat, let's do it. Whoo yeah,...

Jackson Fot moving in group, Young Michael, sounded Nice, I'm telling you, man, that song. Once again, all three songs today, had to just make you move your move your meat, man, because they were they were rock and I love them. I hope you guys enjoyed them too, and I know they're not typically like the DADS would swag, hardcore hip hop rap songs that we play a lot, but I thought this would be a nice street. Since this is more of like a family focused bonding show, I felt thought I'd throw a couple more ties, you know, fun songs out here. You guys want to hit me up on social media, get at me at your coach, Shan, you could always email me. SEAN SHAN OFF ONSOCOM check out previous episodes on Dad's with swagcom hit us up on Itunes, show us some love, subscribe, review and rate the show and if you subscribe, then all the shows will automatically show up in your podcast APP. And if you previously has subscribed to my show, you're going to have to resubscribe because once we left the old studio, some things with the subscribing and stuff got all mixed up and messed up and we starting fresh from the swagist studio of all the dad's with Swag Studios. So you're going to have to read subscribe. I apologize if there's any inconvenience on that, but you know, hopefully we'll never have to do that again. So today we're talked all about budget bonding and things you can do to bond as a family on a budget, without breaking the bank, because we only got eighteen years with our kids and it's important to bond with them. It's important to get as close to them mentally, physically and emotionally as you possibly can. Let them know that you're a safe place. Let them know that you can be trusted, let them know that you will listen to them. Let them know that they can come to you with any trials, tribulations or problems that they may incur right because if they don't feel that safety now, if they don't feel that they can come to mom or dad and talk to you now, then what makes you think that they're going to come to you later on in life? What makes you think that they're going to call you up in high school when they went out drinking and they shouldn't have been and they need to ride home? What makes you think that they're going to call you when they're in college and they're having a bad day and their first semester and they feel out of place and they feel awkward and they just want to come home and they need some reassurance? What makes you think that they're going to call you when they have a spite with their spouse or significant other and they have an argument and they want to just blow it all up. What makes you think you they're going to call you when they're having problems with their kids? They're not going to unless you set this foundation of trust and bonding and love and compassion. And some ways you can do that is with cooking together, gardening together, decorating the house together, do some volunteer work together and just let those blessings flow. Picnics in the park, some camping, Game Nights, College Sporting Events and movie nights. All these things will help you create these moments, these opportunities of bonding with your family, and there are probably a lot more out there. If you know some good ones, hit me up, email me, hit me up on social media. At your coach, Shawn. Let me know what some of your favorite things to do with your family. Some strategies you have to create these bonding moments, to get the kids off the portable electronic devices, to get their faces out of the screens, open up their minds and open up their hearts. Don't forget you can go to hello freshcom and use Promo Code Swag thirty to save thirty dollars. Off Your hello fresh order. I'm telling you, that's a killer deal, and they did it just for the DADS with swag. Listeners, man, because I love you guys and you guys are going to love hello fresh as much as me and my family do. Hope you guys have a great...

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