by Aleta Kay
Is your family so busy going in different directions you don’t have time to spend together? Are your finances so tight you can’t afford to go anywhere? Believe me, I understand. Here are some ideas to relieve the stress and get your family back together.
First of all, do what a lot of ministers do: set aside one night a week where you don’t answer the phone, don’t answer the door, don’t allow interruptions. This is family night and nothing else is allowed to intrude. Of course, keep the answering machine on in case of emergency, but make sure it is just for emergencies–just for that one night.
Ask the kids for some ideas of things they would like to do. Get to learn some of the video games they like to play. Even if they seem silly to you, play with them. Or play a board game, a word game, put a jigsaw puzzle together, build a Lego tower, or play a card game.
If none of those things appeal to any of you, go for a drive to a park. Pack a picnic lunch. Go to a lake and take some inner tubes or something to play with in the water.
Play a game that will help you get to know your kids. Choose one person a week to be the king or queen of the week and ask that person questions about what they like, what they don’t like, what their friends have in common with them, where they like to go, what they think they would like to do with their lives. Keep everything positive.
Have a family night where one of the kids, or someone other than the usual person chooses the meal and gets to help prepare it.
More ideas next time.