Guest Post by Rachelle Wilber
There’s a popular saying that reminds people to place“family over everything.” There’s something special about spending time withyour tribe. They’re the people you can be completely open, honest andvulnerable with. However, there are lots of families that don’t experience thisconnection because they neglect the practices that’ll encourage togetherness. One of the best ways to encourage the tradition of togetherness involves afamily night. Consider these awesome activities for parents and children toenjoy on family nights.
There are plenty of people who love collecting different items. Some people collect coffee mugs or shot glasses. Others collect spoons from different countries they travel to. Start a fun tradition of coin collecting. You’ll be able to create a family night event out of counting and taking inventory of how many silver coins you all have collected over a period of time.
If you’re opting to stay at home, plan a gourmet meal that you call can create together. Each person can be in charge of a certain portion of the meal. You all can also choose to make your own version of the same dish. If you all love pizza, provide a range of toppings from banana peppers to black olives. You all can create the pizzas on the spot, and enjoy them with one another.
It’s always important to teach your children the value of service. Look for local non-profits who facilitate group activities that allow you to serve your community together. There are some food banks that pack the lunches. All you and your family need to do is pick up the meals and deliver them. On another occasion, you all might want to create bags of goodies for those who are homeless during the colder months. Put on some great music, create an assembly line and fill the bags with blankets, restaurant gift cards, wipes and more.
Find a local bike shop so you all can rent a few bikes and ride for a few hours. Go to an indoor bounce house to have fun on trampolines and more. Do indoor rock-climbing. Find fun ways to physically challenge yourselves that are appropriate for the whole family.
With many families, one of the main breakdowns involves copious amounts of stress. Many families know how to go through hard times and juggle challenging difficulties. However, if you don’t make time to enjoy one another and have fun, it’s easy to get to a place where you all resent and dislike one another. Just like there are tons of bad memories that you’ll probably experience together, it’s so important to cultivate positive memories with one another. A family night is one of the best first steps.
More about Rachelle Wilber
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping at the beach or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook @RachelleWilber.
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