When I heard that on average Canadian families only spend 14% of their time together doing activities, it got me thinking about the ways my family and I spend time together. With March break this week we will be spending a lot of time together and it’s a great opportunity for us to really maximize the quality time we are spending together.
Leon’s Furniture did a very cool social experiment, #projectsmartfurniture. Check out the video here.
Here are some of the easy things we are going to make a priority this week.
1. Play Games - We have TONS of board games, we just need to make the time to bring them out and play them together. With kids who are 13, 11, 7 and 5 years old it can be a challenge to find games they can all play but if it is a harder game we just break up into teams and work together. Sometimes that’s even more fun!
2. Get Outside - This one we are pretty good with, thanks to skiing and sailing as a family we spend every weekend together enjoying these sports. It’s not too late, it may be March but there is snow coming and the ski hills are ready for you! Many of the private ski clubs are open to the public during the week, so take advantage of the opportunity and ski without lift lines and with the perks of a private club.
3. Consider a Pet - We have always had a dog, for many years two dogs. For months I had been receiving texts from my 11 year old of cute puppies looking for a home and saying no because it just wasn’t the right time. Then last week she sent me one that looked just like a mini version of our St.Bernard. He is stinkin’ adorable and the timing was right. We could pick him up just before March break and spend the week bonding with him as a family.
4. Get Creative - Slime is THE thing right if you are a tween. They are all making it. Some are selling it and good luck finding the key ingredient, Elmer’s Glue. Yup, plain old school glue is now gold, if you can find it, many stores are completely sold out. If you do, think of slime as a science experiment that you can do as a family. There are a few different ways of making it so do your research to figure out which recipe is the best one for you.
Whatever you plan to do this week, remember you set the tone. If you are stressing over a schedule or overloading your kids with activities then they too will feel stressed. Plan a night you make dinner together, another night play a game and save a night for curling up with a movie and some popcorn. The days are long but the years are short, make them count.
Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Leon's Furniture, however as always the ideas and opinions are all my own.