#Family is Everything
Can anyone relate when I say there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day? In our house, weekdays are so busy and I don’t anticipate schedules getting any lighter anytime soon. That's why it's so important to soak up the time together, any chance we get. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, expensive or fancy, in fact low key and fun is all you need. Simply enjoying the time spent together is what makes it memorable. Don’t get me wrong, the chaotic moments of our day still present a plethora of memory making moments. But sometimes we’re so busy, we can’t see the memory until after it’s been made. So even if some days it’s only thirty minutes, table the guilt, go all in and soak it all up.
Make the Time
The best way to ensure a family stays connected is to plan it on the calendar before scheduling any other commitments. Google calendar even allows a family to share activities and sync calendars. This paperless system helps to schedule time together and prevents the social calendar from blocking out precious family time. Having five kids with different schedules, means it’s not always easy to find time to visit together. So rather than finding the time, we make the time.
Quality vs. Quantity
If you know you only have a short amount of time together, make the most of it. Have a flexible plan for your time, even if it’s just a board game, snuggling on the couch for a family movie night or sitting outside on your front porch watching a storm. Believe it or not, these are the moments your kids will hold onto and cherish for years to come.
Sense of Security with Great Values
Spending time together as a family creates a sense of belonging. Children are less likely to go look for that feeling somewhere else if they can find it at home. As parents, we should make an effort in finding ways to spend time together and create life-long, fun memories. Turn off cell phones, TV, computers and other distractions and instead talk about what is happening in each other lives. Play card games, play an outside sport or have a quick weekend getaway...together. Spending quality time together as a family creates an amazing bond and trust that can last for generations. As our kiddos get older, it's so important so they know they can always share their thoughts and worries when going through tougher times as well as a sense of security and values. Providing that foundation early on in their childhood is one of the best things you can do as a parent and is possible even as a single parent.
What are some of your favorite and simple family fun ideas that you do with your kids and family?