Eating dinner together can be a struggle as the kids maximize their schedules, getting the most out of their time out of the house and moms and dads try to fit everything into their busy workday.
Even if the whole family does have the chance to sit down together, it does not take long before the chairs excuse themselves, plates disappear, phones light up and doors shut, closing out any hope for family time.
It’s time to make time for family time! Establish time once a night or even once a week to put away the text messages and emails and bring the whole family together to make memories that will last. Propose one of the following suggestions to the family and cherish the temporary joys of a full house.
1. Game On
Break open the classic board games that have instilled laughs and togetherness for decades. Monopoly, Sorry, Twister or Candy Land all have been known to bring everyone closer. Or, try a new game on for size. Sing, act, sculpt or solve word puzzles in the team and family building game, Cranium. Get to know each other’s sense of humor and storytelling with Loaded Questions. Go for the game that fits for your family and spend the time after dinner lounging and laughing around the table.
2. Get Hooked on a TV Show
TV can suck the life out of any conversation or get together. But, making a scheduled time to gather everyone around for your family’s favorite TV show can surprisingly produce the alternate effect. After every last person has sat down and before starting the show, talk through the show together and laugh at the unfortunate circumstances of past episodes or predict what will happen in future episodes!
3. Join a Class or Club
Weekends can fill up with soccer games and swim meets, but setting aside a time to participate in an organized group sport or activity can quickly add a little friendly competition or create the unforgettable inside jokes. If your family is musically gifted, enroll in a music class for all ages. Dance or karate chop your way toward a closer family. Or, take up drawing or storytelling for a more traditional, relaxing activity.
4. Call all Chefs, Bakers and Taste Testers to the Kitchen
Set aside a night a week and find a job for each family member to complete so that everyone gets involved. Families that can cook together can appreciate each other’s hard work and enjoy a meal that each hand has contributed to. Not to mention, family cooked meals add a sense of accomplishment and understanding for all that goes into getting each plate on the table. Feel confident that these skills can come in handy for the weeks and even years to come!
5. Get Outdoors
We can usually count on the Orange County forecast to provide us with its stereotypically sunny weather. Especially as spring approaches, Saturday or Sunday afternoon outdoor activities will become more and more inviting. Bike down the coast, explore a new hiking trail or learn to surf. There may only be a limited time before the afternoon study sessions and soccer games pull people away, but even walking the dog as a family can help preserve the familial closeness!
Establish time once a night or even once a week to put away the text messages and emails and bring the whole family together to make memories that will last.