I totally agree with Melissa Peduzzi when I read her story on building strong family relationships. Family time is a commitment to being in the moment, and delighting in these wonderful people who are your family. It’s not enough to be there physically, for this time, you have to get rid of all the distractions that might interfere with your focus.
Put the cell phone away, shut the TV and focus on what is truly important. Listen, interact and show your pleasure in what is uppermost in everybody’s mind today.
Do things together. Have a list of ideas that everybody would enjoy and choose one and wholeheartedly get into it. Some of my ideas are:
Go to the local park
Take a bike ride
Go and see how many different birds, butterflies, bugs, etc, you can find
Take the camera and take some family and nature photos
Get the kite flying
Build a sand castle in summer or a snowman in winter
If it’s a stay inside type of day build a diy project
Bake some cookies with Mom
Pull out the board games and have game night
Good old conversations, hearty laughter, and lots of love will do wonders for the health of the family.
Don’t forget to have family Bible study, Church and Sunday School. When God is uppermost in your life, you know you are on the right path.