Looking for ways to add family fun in 2013?
Families are finding family activities to boost their family fun.
During the day family members often run across humorous writings, or experiences. Remembering to share them with the family encourages them to do the same. It’s a bleak day when nothing funny happens, but in case a bleak, humorless day is encountered families can make humor happen.
Practicing random acts of kindness is a long practiced art. Families can borrow the theme. Often families look out for ways to bless others at Christmas, but needs don’t restrict themselves to December 25th. A plate of cookies for a lonely neighbor, or a kind note or birthday card work 12 months of the year.
When a negative event occurs wise parents ask what has changed? All the constants will likely be there, in place, just where they were before the event. Focusing on those lends a sense of stability to the unpredictable.
Practicing gratitude has taken on a new energy lately. Did someone hold the door open? Did a d river allow another to have the prime parking spot? Was an assistant especially helpful, recognizing these ordinary acts of kindness and thanking them is important. Then making it part of the positive news shared with families nightly lends a positive air to family conversation. This demonstrates and models a thankful heart. It focuses on the positive. Often only unpleasant events of the day are shared, this can be changed.
Taking time to play, a dad, a boy, a dog and a Frisbee is all it takes.
Having each family member research a park, or a public space, a mall, an activity that the family has ignored for a year, and marking it on the calendar as a “must visit” or “must do” event adds variety.
Incorporating a spiritual tone, speaking of the Lord as easily as one would a love family member is especially important to faith based families. This is purposeful parenting.