Now that Sam isn’t driving for two-plus hours a day, we have our evenings back. Plus, we have space to play. So we’ve reinstituted our family nights. The problem: we’re out of the habit.
You know what habits do: they make hard things easy. Heck, they make almost anything easy. Even flossing. But we needed a jumpstart.
Every time we had an evening free, we’d all look around the table at one another and say, “Oh, let’s just watch a movie.” Even my movie-loving husband admitted we needed some new ideas.
I had everyone write 3 activities on 3 slips of paper, and we threw them in our jar. (For you math folks out there, that’s 18 options.)
Now whenever it’s Family Night, we take turns drawing a slip of paper from the jar and do whatever it says. Together.
Thus far, we have:
- had movie night (it was Ramona & Beezus)
- played the Name Game with an animal theme
- played Qwirkle
- gone out for ice cream
- gone swimming
I was all for everyone writing 6 papers, but Sam was smart and suggested that we do only 3 each, so that once the weather changes and our moods change with it, we could put a bunch of new outdoorsy things in the jar. I’m already planning a family soccer game and capture the flag.
What should we add to our jar?