School is starting this week and I am having a little anxiety. As I’ve mentioned before, my kids are going to traditional school for the first time. One of my worries has to do with the time that we spend together. Obviously, it’s always been pretty substantial. Our family’s top love language is quality time. And, for as long as my kids have been alive, we have had a “family day.” A day off each week, where we really try not to schedule anything with anyone else and just spend it together. The kids love all the undivided attention and we love the family time spent together.
One day, we were having a conversation about college with our kids. My son immediately begins processing…his first question was, “How are we going to do a family day when we go to college?” ha!
Since we are pastors of a church, our Sundays aren’t very sabbath-y. 🙂 And, my calendar is already filling up with birthday parties, events, etc on Saturdays.
So, how do we fit in family time into an already crowded weekend?
While discussing this, one of my friends shared their experience in squeezing in as much family time as possible into their weekends. So with that purpose in mind, they instituted a Friday Tea Party.
Here is how she jumpstarts her family’s weekend:
(disclaimer: I totally stole all of these ideas from her. Thank you, my friend, we are instituting these this week.)
- Dad goes to pick up the kids from school. (That’s their signal this day is different! And what kid doesn’t want dad to come to their school? Awesome!)
- While he is picking up the kids, mom is getting a special treat ready. Maybe it’s warm cookies out of the oven or it’s a can of pop. Something that the kids love and don’t get on a regular basis.
- Once they arrive home, they sit down at the table to enjoy their snack together. They ask everyone, “What was the best part of your week?”
- They then move on to free play while mom &/or dad fixes dinner. Best thing about this time…no homework for the kids! (Don’t think about school/work again until Sunday evening, when you naturally begin getting ready for the new week.)
- Eat dinner together and then have a family movie/game night, go on a bike ride & picnic, go for a hike…what you do isn’t important. Just that you do something together.
If you, parent, aren’t able to be there after school, adjust this to fit your life. You could plan something special for when the kids get home (i.e. leave them a note and a special treat). Then, have dinner together and talk about your week. Try as hard as possible to have one day where it is just your immediate family. You need it and they will treasure your time together!
How do you make your weekends special? Do you have a “family day”? Shout out what you do in the comments below. I would love to steal your ideas, too! 😉
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