Does it sometimes feel that you and your family members have a million different places to go and things to do? Do you feel like you’re being pulled apart in different directions? Do you find it hard to find time to eat together due to soccer practice, gymnastics, and band rehearsal?
This is a problem many families face. One of the things that can help keep our families unified is setting aside one night a week for your family. No cell phones, email, tv, X-Box, or anything else. Just you as a family.
If you’re like many of us, your next questions would be, “Well, if it’s just us–what do we do? The typical family night consists of a lesson (usually taught by mom or dad, but sometime older siblings can assist or put one together), about a moral value, good habit, Bible story, special event (births, birthdays, Christmas, etcetera), followed by an activity, singing, and–most important–some sort of treat at the end.
Still feeling a bit overwhelmed? Take a look at the following links to help you on your way to becoming a closer family. Included are ideas for family night, as well as some general family activities sites.
Note: Since Family Night, or Family Home Evening, is a standard practice in the Latter-day Saint church, many of these links contain Latter-day Saint related material. If you are not LDS, much of the information is still valuable, and can be adjusted to meet your needs.
Family Night Links
Family Activities: A list of great activity ideas for families!
Family.com: One of my favorite online magazines for families! This place has ideas for families of all ages!
Family Fun Sites on The Internet: From the CIA Official Kids’ Page to Kids’ Railroad Pages, this looks like a lot of fun, from About.com
More Family Fun: From About.com
FamilyFun.com: An online version of an awesome magazine! Great ideas for decorating, family activities, crafts, and more!
Families Worldwide: Families Worldwide is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening relationships at home.
American Family Online: This is a really nice launch site for parents.
Bible Activity Worksheets A great family night activity.
Family Home Evening Counsel for families from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
More Family Home Evening Counsel for families from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from LDSCN.
Family Night from the great people at About.com.