Written by Kim Wilson
FORCED FAMILY FUN
Tablets, phones, the Xbox… lots of individual time spent during Covid quarantine. It’s been easy to fall into this routine, after all, we are all together in the same household day after day. We are forced together so why do we need to do family night? Or as we now call it, Forced Family Fun.
When our boys were little, about 3 and 5 years old, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) encouraged me that it was a good idea to begin the tradition of Family Night.
Our boys loved it and although it was a challenge for my husband and I at times, it was fun! Simple things like frisbee at the park, playing Bingo at the dining room table, or my favorite, Old Maid. I loved hearing my children laugh over setting us up to pick the Old Maid card!
Fast forward to teens, family night lost its fun factor. Family night became Forced Family Fun. Saturday afternoon trips to explore local towns, pool volleyball games, and quarantine puzzle nights.
WHY SHOULD I?
Here are a few reasons to do Family Night or Forced Family Fun:
• Teachable moments.
• Games sneak in the math skills.
• Kids learn problem solving.
• Laughter is good medicine.
• We all get a break from the blue light.
• Promotes unity and family bonds.
• Breaks us out of tunnel vision and self-focus.
• Because the Bible tells me to!
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction And do not forsake your mother’s teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck.”
HOW TO GET STARTED
1. Choose a day or night of the week that works for everyone’s schedule and can be consistent. It will be something for the younger kids to look forward to and the older kids to honor and learn priorities.
2. Create a fun way to choose your activities. Vary your activities to keep things fun. Make a craft spin plate of activity options or do hand drawing paper scraps from a bowl… Involve the kids.
Saturday, September 26th we are hosting our second Family Worship Night. It will be a night of fantastic family fun! We will be meeting from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm to learn a fun and exciting way to help children fall in love with the Bible. So kids, grab your parents and come out for a night of fun! Mark your calendar for September 26th for our second Family Worship Night. Register here