I crashed on the couch after a long day. I looked at my husband and could tell he felt the same way I did. Beat. Wore down. Exhausted. Where had the day gone?
At the end of each day, I think back at what we did for the day. Did I connect with my kids? My spouse? Is my to-do list checked off? More often than not I can say no to at least one of these questions. But, I don’t want to live my life like that. I want to be connected with my family. I want days where life stops, and family happens.
This is why our family days need to happen. One day every month we mark FAMILY big on the calendar. Right now it is the last Friday or Saturday of the month. We CHOOSE to take the time to spend the day together as a family. We started these in January and so far we all look forward to them each month. And, I think you should too!
Here are 4 reasons why family days NEED to happen!
Life goes by in an instant.
I realized this not long ago when we were planning a family vacation. My oldest daughter is 10 this year, meaning we have 8 summers left until she doesn’t “have” to be with us anymore. She is over half way to adulthood. I don’t want a time to come when I realize I don’t “know” her or any of my kids really anymore. I want to be engaged in their lives. I want to create memories, and family fun days make this happen.
No cell phones!
That is a rule of the family fun day. We turn off the phones for the day and live “unplugged”. This is a perk and something that we ALL need to do more often.
Family fun days are one day where we spend the whole day together. This doesn’t happen very often. Usually, my hubby is at work, or we have weekend plans, I have to work, or something comes up to where at least one of us has to be away from the other. So, time together on a family fun day is a HUGE perk!
Teach our kids the value of family.
The family unit is a mess today, but that can change with US. How we raise our children is a good indication of our children will raise our grandchildren. Yes, that is right GRANDchildren. It will happen one day mom, and what values do you want to instill in them now? I want to instill the fact that family is important, and time together is time well spent.
So, does this make you want to plan a family fun day? Then go, do it! Right now. Pick a date on the calendar and pencil in time for your family. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We have gone geocaching, had a board game tournament, went to a home and garden show, and had a family movie day. The point is not WHAT you do, but THAT you do it. Family fun days need to happen, and they begin with YOU!
What is YOUR favorite part of family days?
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I love family days! We do family days a few times a month, but don’t necessary plan them out, they just happen. But I really like the idea of planning a family day each month!
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Fun!! I’ve given in to the fact that our home may be in chaos for many more years 🙂
Yes! I love lazy Sundays. We try to make that our down day as well 🙂
Julie @ Logger's Wife says
We don’t always get a full day of fun planned out but I do try to keep Sunday afternoons as no work (unless it is yard work we are doing all together). Sundays are not a day for going different directions but as a time to be all together. We then try to do something fun once in awhile. My daughter is only 3 but I want to instill in her the importance of family time now.
(visiting from the Shine blog hop)
This is so true! We’ve been starting to make sure that we have more fun time and less chore/shopping time on the weekends, even if it means the house is somewhat more in chaos. We have toddlers so sometimes this means we just head to a park.
Your welcome! And, yes they can definitely energize a family!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Family days are vital. Thanks so much for posting this! It has been pretty busy around our house, lately, so we ended up doing this type of thing for Mother’s Day this year. It was just the kind of break that we needed. Very energizing!
L. E. Mastilock says
Fantastic idea! We do lots of family stuff, but to set aside a day intentionally and live unplugged is such a great idea.
Wowzers I never thought about summers that way! Eeks, definitely puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? Most of our weekends are pretty chill, and thankfully we have a lot of opportunities to hang out together. I love just hanging out at home relaxing, or having dinner around the table.
Lol, I am sorry :/
Aack! Why did you have to do the math?
I’m going to appreciate my time with my 10yo a bit more now. Thanks for the wake up call.
I agree! I definitely need to take more family days!