I often wish that the pace of life would slow a little, but have come to accept that the modern family has to make an effort to stay connected and to intentionally guard family relationships from the busyness of this world.
Between sports, church, work, friendships, and time spent on social media, it seems as though there is little time left for family to connect deeply and enjoy each other.
But there IS hope for a family who seems to have lost touch and needs to re-prioritize their relationships! It might take a bit of schedule tweaking and appointment juggling, but these 10 ideas will help families make each other a priority, have fun together and to grow in faith through the years.
Schedule your time together
The best way to ensure a family stays connected is to plan it on the calendar before scheduling any other commitments. Google calendar even allows a family to share activities and sync calendars. This paperless system helps to schedule time together and not let the social calendar edge out precious family time.
Alisa from Flourishing Today shares, “Because family time is important to us, we have chosen to make it a priority by placing it on our calendar. Having five kids with different schedules, means it’s not always easy to find time to visit together. So rather than finding the time, we make the time.”
Focus on quality not the quantity of time
If you know you only have a short amount of time together, make the most of it. Have a flexible plan for your time, even if it’s just snuggling on the couch for a family movie night. Remind the family to come with an attitude that’s ready to interact and have fun.
Put away technology
The distraction of technology can be an issue for both parents and kids, so have a designated spot for all devices when it’s time for family fun. This removes the temptation to check e-mail or Facebook during your special time together, and shifts the focus to real life interaction (which seems to be a lost art!)
Do an interactive activity
Build memories the family will never forget by doing interactive activities. Kids will remember laughing over the latest game of Monopoly or which team won the family soccer game more than just sitting and watching a movie.
Connect in prayer and Bible study
Family Bible study won’t be picture perfect or even last for hours, but nothing unites hearts more than regular time in God’s Word. Parents, you don’t have to be a Bible expert, either, to lead your family spiritually and hearing the prayer requests of your children helps you have an inside glimpse into their lives and hearts. (Visit here for an easy way to start Bible study in your home.)
Write each other love notes
There’s nothing more special than getting a note in a lunch box or placed lovingly in your bathroom to remind you that you are loved and prayed for, and the Strong Family Printable Pack has just what you need!
The Strong Family Printable Pack features cute love notes to leave for the family, and other printables to help you stay connected together.
Do a ministry or service project
The family that serves together stays together! Teaching children about helping others will bring you closer together and will teach the kids how to humbly serve like Jesus. (Plus, I have a comprehensive list of service projects here to get you started!)
Have regular family meetings
Set a day, either weekly or monthly, where you openly talk about the “state of the family”. Share the triumphs and progress that’s being made, and then talk about areas that need to be improved in a loving and constructive way.
Establish a tradition or routine
How fun is it to know that every Friday night is pizza and game night, or every Saturday morning is Daddy Date Day (in our house, Hubs takes the kids to Chick-Fil-A and the car wash every Saturday). Kids of all ages look forward to and hold traditions and routine in high regard, making family time easy and fun for all.
However you connect with your family, putting Christ at the center of the home will start you on the path towards a strong bond and to lasting strong family ties.