Don’t, however, just plan on sitting around looking at each other. That might get old fast.
Why Family Time is Important
There is always the possibility that you’ll experience some push-back when you start scheduling your family’s time. You might hear things like, “but I want to play video games” or “the big game is on tonight” or the dreaded, “this is boring!” If you engage with your family regularly and find things to do that are fun and enjoyable for everyone, the push-back should lessen as the family bond grows stronger and everyone gets used to the schedule. Have a plan in mind or in hand if necessary when you approach everyone about your idea. Let them know that this is important to the family as a whole and that, especially, it will help you connect with them and get to know or re-know them better. As a parent, the more time you spend with your children, your spouse, your in-laws, whoever is in your family unit, the better you’ll be able to understand and relate to them on different levels. Let them know that you are creating memories – good memories. You are teaching your family to BE a family and they will take this lesson with them into adulthood and pass it on to their kids. At least, that’s what we hope.
Finally, I highly recommend that you document your time together. Whether you keep the calendar with your activities on it or you take family photos for your albums, help everyone remember the good times you’ve had. And you know, after one year of family togetherness activities, your activity can be to make a scrapbook of the most recent year’s activities. Imagine how fun it would be to have a photo album for each year. I think I’d better get started on our new schedule!
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