….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.
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.
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!!