Begin a Family Night In
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2013
Begin a Family Night in
More than 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin declared "if every man or woman
would work for four hours a day on something useful, that labor would procure
all the necessaries and comforts of life."
Times have changed and today in America, a third of us are working ten
hours a day.
Overwork and over scheduling take a toll on our
families and relationships as we find less time for each other and less time to
just hang out. Taking a break to spend
some relaxed time together as a family can be a way to reconnect. Instead of
going out for the evening, why not schedule a family night in?
What is a "family night in?" It's doing something together at home that
everyone in the family can enjoy. Designate one night a week that you will set
aside for family activities. Give each family member a chance to lead activities.
It doesn't have to be a major event. In
fact, simple things are often the most fun and relaxing.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about
your first family night in.
- Have a limbo contest in the yard.
Make it even more interesting by using a stream of hose water to go
under instead of a limbo stick.
- Make a batch of popcorn to enjoy together. You can even go outdoors and see who can
catch the most pieces in their mouth.
- Organize family pictures together. Match current photos with older photos
to see how family members have changed or who looks most like Aunt Karen.
- Start a "Special Memories" folder. Get an accordion folder with 12 sections
and label each section with months of the year. Put your mementoes (fair ticket stubs,
postcards, invitations, special papers, etc.) in each month. Next year you can take the items from
the folder and tell stories about the event.
- Start a jigsaw puzzle. You
can talk about all kinds of things while looking for pieces.
- Create a brochure of your "dream vacation." Include ideas from all family members.
- Talk about school days. What subjects do you like best? How has school changed since parents or
grandparents were students? What's
fun? What's stressful?
Don't get bogged down in the preparation and planning. Spending relaxed time together with no
schedule to keep or jobs to do can be wonderful. Just make certain everyone in the family gets
a chance to enjoy some special time together.
Watch your family grow closet and learn to have fun together as you
implement family night in.