Life gets busy. You have work, errands and doctor appointments. The kids have school, sports, clubs and budding social lives. So, it can be hard to find a way to get quality time with your family, yet it’s important to find time to do so. Even having just one afternoon in your busy schedule to simply enjoy being together as a family is a vital bonding time.
And quality time becomes even more important as your children get older. So how can you find the time for a family night in your busy schedule? Also, how do you make sure you get the most out of it? Keep reading to learn four great tips that will help you do just that.
Four Quality Time Tips for You and Your Family
- Choose one night and stick to it no matter what. Don’t schedule extracurricular activities or business meetings for that afternoon – or at least not within your two to three-hour time slot. You might choose Wednesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., for example.
- Everyone, including mom and dad, should put their phones in a basket or drawer during quality time. This allows the family to simply focus on each other, instead of having a lot of external distractions.
- Switch up the family night to keep it fun and interesting. One week could be board games, the next you might rent a movie and order pizza. Active families may even enjoy a laid-back sports night and BBQ. It doesn’t have to fit the “family game night” cliché. Do whatever fits your family best.
- Let the kids take turns picking what activities you do each week. They’ll feel more involved in the planning and decision making. Even toddlers can help choose.
Using the above tips can help you create a family night that allows for the best bonding experience for everyone. And you can carry on this weekly tradition as your children grow and create families of their own.