The Importance of a Weekly Family Day
I don’t think this is a new concept. And I know a lot of families already have this one down. Some even have one family day and one date night; you know who you are. But I know that even though I set aside a day each week (currently Wednesday because we homeschool and that also happens to be a get together day for other homeschoolers in our area), sometimes life’s busyness can distract and feel like its more important than taking this time to just enjoy family company together, with no hidden agendas (read: laundry, dishes, errands, and a host of other ‘top priorities’). But if we allow those unending chores to take over the precious 600-800 family days we get during the precious years our children are with us, we lose some of the most important days of our whole lives. If you add up all those days together, that’s less than 3 years out of the 80-90 that we’re on the planet! Really puts those piles of laundry in perspective, doesn’t it?
I don’t think anyone ever said on their deathbed “If only I’d kept the laundry piles down and hadn’t spent that one day a week out on a bike ride with the kids.” So what are some ways to spend those family days? How do you cajole the older kids to choose you and your old-self over hanging out at the mall with their cohorts? How do you choose activities that your husband will enjoy as much as your 3 year old who’d be quite happy doing Elsa-inspired kareoke in the family room all day?
Years ago we came up with a system that should work no matter what size or interests your family includes. Spend a morning around the table writing on cue cards; say half a dozen per person. Let everyone pick their absolute favorite activities and write them (or help them write) on the cards. Then spread them out on the table and sort them into what you could expect to do in a day; i.e. A round or two of Frozen Sing-a-long could be enjoyed before a swim, ending with pizza and a movie, or a day at the fair including ice cream cones, Dad’s walk around the lake with a stop at the bookshop and sister’s favorite boardgame when you get home. You get the idea.
This way you can pre-plan a few months in advance, making sure there’s a fairly equal mix of activities that makes every member of the family feel important and like their needs and interests are being appreciated and heard. You could take it a step further and decorate a recipe card box together and keep the upcoming week’s activities on the bulletin board. Have fun! Let me know how it goes! I love hearing ideas and adding to our own cards for future family days.
Happy Family Day to all!
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