Family Home Evening

home heart Do you have a regular Family Home Evening? This could be anything from a time of religious study to getting together to watch Shark Week.

A family home evening is a way to reconnect with the members of your family. With work, school obligations, sports, academic clubs, friends and more, it can sometimes feel as though you never see each other except when driving around from one activity to the next.

A family home evening can mean different things and take on different forms. The important thing is to schedule a regular time to spend together. It should be a time that strengthens all of you as a family, as well as honors you as individuals. By taking this time, you are telling everyone, especially the kids, that your family is important. You also offer the opportunity to keep connected and in touch with what is going on with each other.

For us, because our kids are small, we are usually mostly together, anyway. Still, we want to make sure that we emphasize the importance of our family as a whole and spending time together. Our family home evening usually consists of always eating dinner together, followed by a short family activity. We also try to do at least one fun activity together on the weekend. Sometimes this is also a productive activity, such as painting. We try to rotate the interests of each of us as we can.

Some other ideas for a family home evening might be a bible or religious study (as mentioned above), a walk around the neighborhood, a visit to a local park, a family meeting where you discuss issues, projects or goals, an ice cream night, a movie night in, a trip to the driveway basketball court, an hour of video games, playing board games, putting on a play or performance, working on a video documentary, cooking together, working on a home project, etc.

Do you have a regular family home evening?

Mary Ann Romans writes about everything related to saving money in the Frugal Blog, technology in the Computing Blog, and creating a home in the Home Blog. Starting June 1st, don’t miss her articles in the Baby Blog. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for Families.com since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT verizon.net or visit her personal blog http://homeinawoods.wordpress.com