We live in a busy world. You’re busy, I’m busy. We’re all busy. Ironically, sometimes it’s the most important things in life that get pushed back, put off, and postponed: family. It might feel like an olympic feat just to get everyone around the table at the end of the day. But when all is said and done, the benefits of consistent, quality family time are worth it. Here are a few tips to help you in your effort to spend time with the people who matter most.
Set aside a specific time for family time.
Mark a date in your calendar far head enough to designate it for your family and then get your family on board. Every Monday night is something that has worked for us, and we’ve tried to facilitate that at FLIPnOUT with a 50 percent discount to groups of five or more. But if weekly family time is too much, try something every other week or even once a month. Start with what is possible and work from there.
Plan a specific activity for your family to enjoy.
You don’t just want to get together and say, “Alright, so we’re here…”. Have something to do! Here’s a list to get you started:
- play a favorite board game
- watch a movie together
- go out for dinner somewhere
- bake a dessert
- plan an outdoor activity
Put the phones away.
Just a tip, but try to keep the kids phones or other digital distractions in a drawer somewhere. They might grumble about it, but in time they’ll understand the good that can come from disconnecting from the digital and focusing on what right in front of you in real life.
It’s not always going to be perfect. Everyone might not be able to be there every time, but consistency is key! Keep it up! Do not get discouraged when it doesn’t go exactly as you planned or hoped. Family is important to us a FLIPnOUT. We’re family owned and family run. We hope our family business will be something that will help bring your family together.