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Today is a good day to commit to improving family life by having dedicated family time. Your family will be happy to know that they are so important to you that you set aside time just for them. So get out your calendar and start planning.
If you are like most people, you are busy. Your days are full of obligations for work, numerous household chores, and a desire to have time to yourself. Your family needs your attention. In order to be happy your family needs your time and attention. Often family gets pushed aside for other obligations. If this happens too often, your family gets resentful. Your family will begin to feel as if they don’t matter to you. After all, if they were important to you, they would get some of your time.
Make an effort to have special, dedicated time for your family. This is time that you block off for your family. The time you dedicate to family will be treated as sacred. In other words, nothing comes between you, your family, and this dedicated time. When your family knows you have dedicated time just for family, they will have concrete proof that they are important to you.
Creating dedicated time for your family doesn’t have to be hard or involve complicated processes.
There are several ways that you can have dedicated family time. These ways include;
1. Family Breakfast
2. Dinner Together
3. Family Book Club
4. Game Night
Almost everyone has heard the expression, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Breakfast is a great time to get some nutrients and fuel to start the day well. It is also a nice way to spend a little time with family to set the tone for the day. Family breakfast does not have to be a long drawn-out meal. It could simply be parents drinking coffee and eating a bagel while the kids drink juice and eat a cereal bar. Just make a decision that everyone will meet at the breakfast table at a certain time each day. Once you make the decision, commit to meeting each day.
Another popular expression is, “the family that dines together, stays together.” The idea is that when people break bread together they bond. By having dinner together, family members get to sit together at the end of the day. The dinner table is a great time to catch up, share secrets, and provide comfort to one another. If you decide to have dedicated family time at the dinner table, it gives everyone something to look forward to while they are going through their day.
A really fun way to have dedicated family time is with a family book club. I have done this with my family. We select a book and all read separately on our own time. Then when it is book club time, we get together and talk about the book we are reading. Sometimes book club happens at home. Other times it happens at a local coffee house or pizza restaurant. Book club is awesome because we get the benefit of reading and learning or enjoying something. We also get the benefit of sharing a meal. Family book club has been one of our greatest successes as a family.
Another great way to have and enjoy dedicated family time is family game night. Simply set aside one night to be family game night. then get out all the board games, card games, and video games. Once you do prepare for fun. Game night is a way for family members to enjoy each other’s company and have a boatload of fun at the same time. While everyone is relaxed and having fun there will be conversations, secret sharing, and trash-talking. All of these things make family game night something everyone will look forward to experiencing together.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Set aside dedicated family time and no matter what is going on in your life, keep the family time appointments. Share meals, books, games, and secrets. Let today be the day you commit to making your family life better by having dedicated family time.