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Taking a Family Timeout: Family Night

2015-07-11 by Sara Zenner
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This Connecting with your Kids post is brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles.

Taking a Family Timeout Family Night

Life sure has been busy lately. Running the kids here and there, rushing in the morning to get to work on time, preparing meals, doing the laundry – life just never seems to slow down. And I’ve come to the realization that. . . it probably never will. There will never be enough hours in a day to fit everything in, so as parents, we must prioritize. For me, there’s one thing that takes priority over everything else. . .and that’s my family.

In between ringing cell phones and email notifications, my husband, Josh, and I make sure to devote quality time to our kids. Why? Because we believe it’s one of the most important things we can do as parents. We may not be able to give our kids everything they want, but what we can give them. . .our time and our love. . .trumps anything materialistic, anyway.

Taking a Family Timeout Family Night

A couple times a month we make time for what we like to call “Family Night.” We surprise the kids in the morning with a sign hung on their bedroom doors.

Taking a Family Timeout Family Night

Print out your own Family Night sign!

On family nights, we play games, we plan activities, we go for ice cream – we just take time out for each other. The ideas for family night are endless! In fact, you can check out these 50 Ideas For Family Night if you’re looking for some inspiration!

If we have a busy month where Josh is traveling a lot, I still take time out to do fun activities with the kids – sometimes with both kids at once – and sometimes just one on one.

The other night Dane and I sat down to play Shut the Box. It’s a game of counting and strategy that’s fun for both children and adults. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

Taking a Family Timeout Family Night

What your children want more than anything else, is to spend time with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing a board game, reading a book or visiting a zoo. What’s most important is the fact that you’re doing those things together!

Taking a Family Timeout Family Night

And let me tell you what, once your kids experience Family Night, they’ll be asking for more. Get the family together and talk about ideas for family night. Ask the kids what they would like to do and try to work those requests into your special evenings. And by the way, family time can occur at ANY time of the day. Evenings just tend to work best for our family and it helps to break up the work week a bit. Choose the time of day that works best for you – and work that quality family time into your schedule. . .as often as possible. Your family deserves a timeout, don’t you think? What fun activity will you choose to do first?

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Sara Zenner

Sara Zenner of Bitz & Giggles — Sara finds creative ways to balance a full-time work schedule with being a full-time mom. She enjoys experimenting with recipes and sharing dinner tips with fellow parents! Join Sara for fun recipes and teaching moments that can be captured right in the kitchen! Connect with Sara online → Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog

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