Set a night of the week that everyone will be home and available. Plan your family night for this night.
Tell each family member and post it on the refrigerator, calendar and anywhere else that you can think of that will help remind everyone.
Decide your plans for family night. Do you want to play games, go somewhere else, see a movie or something else creative. There are some tips and ideas at the end of this article.
Do any shopping that is needed for that night prior to the scheduled night. This will reduce the stress on you.
On the planned day be sure to remind everyone that that night is family night and what time it is planned for.
Enjoy the night with your family and have lots of fun.
TIPS AND IDEAS
For each family night, choose a different family member and make on of their favorite meals.
Choose games that everyone enjoys. Some popular games are Monopoly, Uno, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. If you don’t have any games you can do several things to get some. Go to www.freecycle.org and sign up. Once signed up post a wanted ad for games and activities. Search at garage sales and thrift stores. You would be surprised what you can find in these places. If all else fails, and you can afford it, go to the store and purchase new ones.
Family night doesn’t have to be indoors or about games. You can take it outside or anywhere. Go to the park, play volleyball, go swimming, go to a museum, go to a movie, etc.
Make sure that everyone feels included. This will make family night much easier on you and more exciting for everyone else.
Try to do something different each night. Don’t tell everyone what activities you have planned. This will heighten the enjoyment and anticipation. Repeating the same activity will bore them and discourage everyone from wanting to do it again.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to plan the perfect night. This will discourage you from wanting to plan and do this again. Remember this is supposed to be fun. Things happen and it is OK. Just pick it up and try again.
If you have little children, plan many different things. Remember that young children have a smaller attention span and will lose interest quickly.
Ideas for young children could be anything such as reading books, playing with blocks or legos, coloring, doing crafts (also good for older children as well), watching a movie, playing outside, going to the park, etc.
Remember that family night is not about what you do. It is about being together as a family and enjoying each others company and time.
If it doesn’t go great the first time, don’t give up. Use this time as an example and change the way you do things and what you plan for the next time.
Once you start having weekly family nights, sit down at the end of each one and ask for suggestions for other family nights. This helps everyone feel involved and helps you come up with new ideas.
Try having a themed night. This could include Hawaiian night, pajama party, camping or whatever else you can think of. This makes things fun and exciting and you can come up with some pretty creative stuff to do.
Have a night where you all make the meal together or instead of making a meal, everyone makes their favorite snack. (It’s OK to do this every once in a while.)
I hope these ideas have helped you come up with some activities and a great way to plan your family night. Enjoy your family and the time you have together.