Whether your children are toddlers or nearly grown, family fun time is an important aspect of your family life.
Daily life is sometimes filled with stress and activity. Families can get bogged down in the mechanics of life and lose out on the special times that make each family unique.
Scheduling time to spend together is important because time will slip away if you don’t. Many times, each family member will be busily involved alone.
In restaurants and out in public, you often see a family with each person on their cell phone or iPad instead of interacting together.
Although technology is great, it can’t take the place of human interaction. The family is where kids learn about life and learn to socialize.
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. is the author of The Power of Your Child’s Imagination. Reznick wrote an article in Psychology Today about an island she visited in the Mediterranean where many families vacation.
What Reznick noticed the most about the island is that the families were happy while participating in everyday fun activities like sand and water play.
Summer is a great time to step back and look at the dynamics in your family. Sit down together and talk about what each family member enjoys doing and what you enjoy together as a family.
Plan some special activities like a trip to the beach or a family vacation to visit relatives but also plan some time doing everyday things.
Friday night pizza and a movie, board games played without the television in the background, or backyard relay races are just some of the activities you can enjoy together as a family.
Learn more about each family member by making a family scrapbook with pages designed by each person and assembled together.
Talk to older family relatives and learn about your family’s ancestors. Kids are more interested than their parents realize in their roots.
Spending family time together can grow as your kids get older. Encourage new interests and incorporate active time into your family routine.
Riding bikes together, going for a hike in the mountains, or visiting a climbing wall are all good ways to stay active while having fun.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun together. Sometimes the simplest pleasures are what build the longest lasting memories in family life.
Why not sit down together this weekend and talk about ways you can spend time together having fun this summer. Before you know it, school will start again and the evenings will quickly fill with activities. Enjoy each other and have fun together.