Mom Monday-Great Ways to Get the Family Together

6 Nov

We live in the digital age, which means that, most of the time, our lives are dominated by screens. We’re always on our computers, staring at our phones…heck, our kids even take school notes and complete assignments mostly on tablets now, instead of using pencils and paper. With all of that attention diverted away from each other and toward building our individual digital worlds, it is more important than ever to make time to put those screens away and spend time together as a family.

Here's some great way to get the family together.

Here are some of the ways you can do that:

Family Dinner

With hectic extracurricular and work schedules, finding time to sit down together as a family is really difficult. It’s not uncommon to look at a show like the Gilmore Girls, where (family) Friday Night Dinners are a requirement and think “wow, I wish we could do that.”

Well, why don’t you?

The only thing stopping you from implementing a family dinner night is the urge to pack in as many lessons and activities as possible, right? Instead, insist that once a week (at lot of families choose Sundays) the entire family sits down together for a real dinner. Or, hey, why not take it one step further and insist that the family make dinner together?

This way all of the work and cleanup doesn’t get heaped on one person week after week (which is another reason these nights often don’t happen). You can hand down family recipes or create new ones, teach your kids to cook before they go off on their own and build some fun memories for everybody to share.


Game Night

The family that games together stays together! There are a lot of ways to set up a family game night. Heck, if you’re already insisting on a weekly family dinner, why not insist on having game night after all of the dishes have been done?

When we were younger, having game night felt lame because the games we had to play were usually boring. Sure, sometimes it was fun to trounce your older sister in Monopoly or to sink your Dad’s battleship, but…not all the time!  Tabletop gaming has come a long way since we were kids.

There are a lot of family friendly games like Catan, Carcassone, Dixit, Qwirkle, SushiGo, Once Upon a Time, Guillotine, well, you get the idea. Head to your local game shop and ask for suggestions if you’re not sure where to start.

Don’t forget about video games as an option for family game night! While you might not want to pile everybody in front of the XBox week after week, once in a while switching it up for a video game night can be fun! Just make sure to choose a game that will let everybody play at the same time, like MarioKart, Rock Band, anything involving dancing, etc.


Go to the Game!

Game, in this instance, refers to sports. Taking in a ballgame together as a family a couple of times a month is a great way to get everybody out of the house and to get in some quality time. Local and minor leagues are especially fun to follow, but if you can afford the tickets, taking in a pro-level game can also provide some awesome memories.

If you can’t get out to the field, why not make a habit of catching the game together at home? Choose a favorite team for the family to follow and then watch the games together. Most cable and satellite companies have great sports packages that will let you track just about any sport. DirecTV, for example, starts packages at around $50, which is especially helpful if your family decides they want to follow a sport that doesn’t get regular broadcast airtime, like soccer or tennis.


Road Trip!

Get everybody out of the house together! Nothing forces, er, encourages family bonding like piling everybody together in the car for a few hours and forbidding tablets and streaming media. You can take the family camping, explore the parks and recreation areas in your state, visit a nearby city, check out historical sites–there are lots of things to explore within a few hours of your neighborhood, no matter where you live!

The point is this: there are ways to get your family together and make the experience an enjoyable one. You just can’t wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself. Sometimes you have to create it from scratch.

Thank you Liz Becker, today’s Mom Monday guest poster.

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