Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting
December 18, 2016
Day 18: Family fun!
Family fun can take on many forms! For our family it can be a morning hike, or movie night, or watching crazy cat videos for an hour on YouTube! It doesn't matter what it is, and it will certainly differ from family to family. The Key: It must be something the whole family can enjoy!
It may seem impossible, especially if you have teenagers, to consider finding something everyone can enjoy. But, if the focus of family fun time is the togetherness, and this ritual is started when they are young, it can and will be magical. Don't get me wrong, there will be attitide. We have spent an hour in the car driving up a mountain to a hiking starting point with hardly a word muttered between parents and children the whole way. I wouldn't change it for the world, because as soon as we have walked 100 feet, everything has changed. The laughter, the view, the fresh air, the love all seem to take over, and at the end of the day, we have another beautiful family memory.
Keys to planning family fun:
--It doesn't matter how old your kids are. They are never too young or too old.
--Start when they are young. If hiking is something you love to do, get your kiddos out on the trails early. By the time they are in preschool, they will be able to take on the challenge more readily than any adult who doesn't hike regularly.
--Let your kiddos have opportunities to choose the fun. And go with it!! You can't expect them to come along, if you aren't always willing. Believe me, I have had a lot of fun I never imagined I could have playing all sorts of video games or watching wacky YouTube videos.
--Schedule family fun opportunties as regularly as possible, or simply take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. This is especially important as the kids get older and schedules are full.
--Recall family fun memories together and remind your children how much you appreciate the time together.
As I stare into the all too soon reality of my kiddos leaving for college, I cannot express to you how important these ocassions are. If you aren't doing it already, start this week! Make 2017 the year for making family fun memories that will last a lifetime.
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