Let me be the first to admit that my family does not spend enough quality time together. We are home with each other every day but certainly miss the mark when it comes to good quality togetherness. We get so busy in life and time just seems to slip by us. With my birthday right around the corner and the kids getting so big so fast, I started to question how I can make quality time a routine thing in my household. When I think of quality-time I think of doing something that is enjoyable for everyone involved. I think that it's important for each member of the family to enjoy it in order to be truly engaged in it. So when putting this list together, I thought what better way to do it than to ask each member of my family to help me out. Each of us said a couple of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family and here's what we came up with:
1. Cook/bake together - Cooking doesn't just have to be a mother's job (or in my house, it's usually daddy that cooks). Everyone can get involved and help out a little. My daughter loves to help out in the kitchen, even if it's just pouring an ingredient into a bowl after I've measured it. Not only is it a good time to learn how to cook but being able to eat the meal that everyone made together makes it that much more enjoyable. Which brings me to #2 on the list…
2. Eat Together - My family loves to eat so this was a top favorite for all of us. Whether it's eating out or in the comfort of our own home, enjoying our meals together is a great way to spend time with one another. Sometimes we talk about our "rose and thorns" for the day. Rose being the best thing that happened and thorn being the worst. A lot of times we forget to but when we do it's a pretty cool experience.
3. Do a challenge - Every now and then we like to do challenges that are always a lot of fun for us. For example who can eat the most of something spicy or sour, who can do something the fastest, or a spelling bee challenge just to name a few.
4. Watch a movie - Whether in the theater or at home, a good movie paired with buttery popcorn is always a great time with your family.
5. Go on a trip - We love to take weekend getaways whenever we can. During our trips, we enjoy eating, swimming, taking pictures while site-seeing and the kids like to vlog about the places we go. The best part for me personally is just having hotel room with a huge comfy bed to sleep in and those curtains that make the whole room pitch black so you can't tell when it's morning!
6. Play board games - Some of our faves are Candy Land, Zingo, and Pie Face. Once Babba gets a couple years older we'll be able to expand our board game collection to nostalgic games like monopoly and life. Looking forward to that.
7. Go for a walk - My husband doesn't enjoy this one as much as me and the kids do so most of the time it's without dad but nonetheless, the kids and I love it. We usually play a game like iSpy or "what shapes to the clouds make" along the way to make it more interesting. Exercise plus quality time; it's a win-win.
8. Play Sports - This one is more for dad and the kids as I'm not a very athletic person, especially during this pregnancy. However, now that my daughter is getting into basketball this year, I am definitely more into it. I also just want to make the effort to learn more things that my husband and son are into so we can share in more things.
9. Do a devotional - There are lots of devotional materials out there. I like to use physical books as it gives everyone a chance to hold the book and read a paragraph or two keeping everyone engaged. There are lots of online devotions as well and most of them are free! I find that it's a good way to have open discussions about different areas of life. Some devotionals are specific to growing as a family, while other's may be used for teaching you how to connect to God through prayer or reading your bible. I personally like the ones that get you involved with hands-on activities or challenges that teach lessons about everyday life experiences.
10. Pray together - There is nothing that I love more than coming together with my husband and kids to pray. We don't do it as often as we should but when we do it's the best. We each take turns giving a prayer request and then we usually pray for whoever is sitting to our right or left, whatever we decide for that day. It's awesome to see some of the things that God puts on each of our hearts to pray for. Sometimes it's a person, a tough circumstance, a request to help with studying for a test, help with improving behavior, or healing for self or a friend or family member.
What are some of the ways that you spend quality time with your family? Do you like any of the ideas above and think you might try one or two? Please share in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!
Stay blessed and unhindered!