How do you organize time for family fun? In our busy society, sometimes if you don’t schedule it, it doesn’t happen- whatever “it” happens to be. I know that if I had not scheduled our family vacation, coming up in June, six months ago it wouldn’t be happening. With the influx of summer activity invitations coming in for my boys we would be hard pressed to identify a week to get away if it wasn’t already on the calendar.
I talk a lot about routine and finding time for family fun is no exception. Spending time with our loved ones needs to be as routine as our hygiene, housecleaning and financial routines! If you set the precedent early in your family that time together is a priority, it will be much easier to keep busy teens on the same page when other demands are being made of their time.
There are several ways you can organize your life to include family time. Here are a few:
• Schedule it in. Have your kids know that every Sunday afternoon there will be a family activity. Every Friday night is game night. You get the idea. If you schedule it, you are far more likely to follow through.
• Solicit everyone’s ideas for what to do together. We have a family fun box at our house where the kids and adults write activity ideas on little slips of paper. After church on Sundays, we randomly select a slip of paper and that is the activity for the day. The kids are always excited to see whose idea is going to be selected. This creates anticipation for family time and makes it more fun.
• Savor time with your family. If you look at family time and family fun as just another thing to cross off on the never ending to do list, you will be less likely to keep it a priority. Remind yourself (as you sit down to play the millionth game of Candy Land) that you are creating memories and a bond with your family that will prove priceless over time!
• Shut out the world. When it is family time, let it be family time. Turn off the cell phone, laptop, TV and just be with your family. Let them know you are truly focused 100% on them, even if it is just for 15 minutes here and 10 minutes there. No matter how busy we are, our families deserve our undivided attention.
What are your favorite ways to make sure family fun takes place?
Posted by Melissa of Multitasking Mama