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10 Ways to Create Lasting Family Memories This Fall

simple tips to creating fall family memories

Welcome Fall!!

simple tips to creating fall family memories

….and school, work, appointments, extracurricular activities, and multiple holidays!!

 

Balancing It All

Keeping the balance between all of these commitments and finding quality time to spend together as a family can be such a struggle. We really want to be intentional about making memories with our children, but life is passing by so fast and every intention we have never finds its way in.

 

Our kids are growing up too quick and before we know it they will be off on their own. We don’t want to look back and wish we had spent more time with them. We don’t want to look back and wish we hadn’t had the family in so many activities that we just felt we were running them from one place to another.

 

Be Intentional About Making Family Memories

So, how can we be more intentional about making quality memories with our family and spending time together without the guilt of letting other commitments go.

Put Away the Electronics

First and foremost….put the phone away. When you plan time with your kids or your husband, make them the center of attention for that small amount of time you are together. This is the primary reason we feel we are spending time together, but not actually connecting anymore.

Think about how many times your kids are wanting to ask you a question or tell you a story and you are either looking at your phone the whole time or you get irritated that they are interrupting the news story or Facebook post you are reading?? Ouch! It happens more often than we want to admit.

family fun activities for the fall, autumn family activities, making family memories

Here are 10 Super Simple ways to create Amazing Family Memories with your Kids:

1. Go on a bike ride or walk around the neighborhood. Talk to each other, ask your kids about their day and listen intently.

2. Read a book of their choice and make it fun, use funny voices.

3. Make some hot chocolate and a special treat. Sit together on the front porch and chat together.

4. Tell jokes together.

5. Start a bedtime routine of laying with your child and just listening to them.

6. Make silly faces together and take selfies.

7. Have a dance party in the car to music they enjoy.

8. Plan a weekly family movie night complete with popcorn, blankets and pajamas. Make it a family date night and noone is allowed to make plans on those nights. You can make it weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, whatever works for your family.

9. Build a fort together. Let them pull out all the blankets and chairs and end tables and just let it go. Crawl in with them and bring a flashlight to tell stories together.

10. Workout together or plan to do a race or obstacle course as a family.

making family memories doing races together

 

The key to success here is to schedule this into your family calendar. You will prioritize what you schedule. So, pick a few of these ideas above and schedule them now into your calendar so nothing else can take the place of making memories that will last.

Talk with your family about it and set ground rules. When these things come up in the schedule all eletronic devices are put away and put on silent. There is nothing else more important at that time than the time you are spending together connecting and making memories!!

simple tips to creating fall family memories

 

19 Comments

  1. Flossie McCowald on October 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    These are all such great ideas! One of our favorite fall activities is baking, once the heat of summer has passed, only we’re still stuck in too much heat for me to want to turn on the oven and heat up the house! 🙁

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Totally get that!! I should definitely back more with my kids.

  2. Flossie McCowald on October 11, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Such great ideas! One of our favorite fall activities is baking, which we avoid like the plague in the summer (too hot). Well, here it is pushing toward mid-Oct and we’re getting antsy to bake something together, but it is still SO HOT and humid out!!!

    • Jackie on October 11, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Yes, baking is so much fun!! We made scones for the second time this morning and its so nice to have fresh baked goods in the Fall!

  3. LavandaMichelle on September 10, 2018 at 5:47 am

    It’s us so important to create and document family adventures. It great to be intentional it more of s take away.

  4. Sara Welch on September 9, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I have really taken to bike riding. It is a lot of fun and good for us!

    • Jackie on September 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      We have enjoyed biking as a family too. Our biggest obstacle has been getting 6 of us on bikes to a nice bike path. The neighborhood ends up being where we do it most.

  5. Echo on September 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of year and the best time to make memories! I love these ideas!

    • Jackie on September 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Me too! Fall is my favorite time of year even though it can be the most stressful going into winter. There is just something about the crispness of the air!!

  6. Terri Beavers on September 8, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I need to try all of these tips with the grandkids. I love spending time with them and creating memories, especially in the fall when the weather and our spirits pick up anticipating the upcoming holidays.

  7. Kim on September 7, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    As a grandmother it’s sometimes a struggle getting the boys to put their phones down long enough to have a ‘real’ conversation. BUT because I’m not mom I can ask them nicely and I don’t get the eye roll haha… so we’re learning to love life without electronics or for that matter without any electricity and good old fashioned chat and belly laughs!

    • Jackie on September 7, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Good for you! They don’t like it at first, but I think as they see how much fun it is to physically connect with one another they will realize the importance of it!

  8. Misspector on September 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for these advices! I don’t have a kid yet but it is good to be prepared in advance 🙂

  9. Ann F. Snook-Moreau on September 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t have kids but I try to do a lot of these with my husband. Taking long walks is relaxing, good exercise, and lets us chat without being interrupted by technology.

    • Jackie on September 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      That’s great, even without kids its important to find quality time together to just enjoy each other away from the distractions of life.

  10. Tara Pittman on September 7, 2018 at 11:32 am

    It is the little things that the kids will remember. I remember playing board games with my mom when I was little.

    • Jackie on September 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Yes, that is so true! I remember the littlest things my parents did with me and forget all the times they probably screwed up. LOL!

  11. Devyani Ray on September 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Love the simple and cute tips!

  12. Rebeca on September 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Great advice! I like spending time with children, we often play words or other games. It develops their attention and erudition.

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