We had a plan of 30 things to do in August...I have a thing for alliteration so we naturally titled it "August Adventures." On it, everything from visiting the big cats at the Bronx Zoo to watching the sunset from our apartment building's roof deck to making cookies for the doormen. It's full of basic stuff, ripe for good ol' family time.
The thing is, it's easier to do during the summertime, to have this family time. When cooler weather creeps in, school starts up, work seems to get busier, and there's just more stuff going on, from dance class to homework to the school picnic. How to carve out time for you family to connect?
-- Make it double duty. Combine that family time with something else you need to do. Think going on a hike or walk together (which also gets everyone in the family moving and soaking in some good fresh air) or making dinner as a family (great fun for the kids and teach them some good kitchen skills or create a game to surf a cool recipe app and make something new).
-- Plan ahead and clear time. If you usually spend family time on Sundays, why end it with all of the back-to school/work prep Sunday night? Instead, get your own planning for the week jobs or quiz studying or other jobs done on Friday.
-- Read together. This is simple and also boosts those cognitive skills of the kiddos. Maybe tackle a series like Harry Potter or read some classic Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Snuggle on the couch and have everyone take turns reading or just alternate Mom and Dad as the reader.
-- Keep it simple. Your family time doesn't have to be epic or involve an all-day outing. Just heading to the ice cream place on a random Tuesday night or playing a board game on Saturday morning is enough to keep connections strong.
How do you squeeze that important family time into your hectic schedule? What's your favorite family time activity?