I’m ashamed to admit this, but I have a hard time finding stuff to do as a family on the weeknights.
Like most mothers I know, I’m a proponent of quality time over quantity. I know that interacting with my children and my husband is much more important in keeping us connected amidst our incredibly busy lives than logging a certain amount of hours together. I also know that it’s not easy to do a lot of interacting when you’re all huddle around a TV screen.
Sure, it can be done. We can watch a sporting event together or stick four sets of hands into one bowl of popcorn during movie night, laughing and crying and sharing our opinions on what we see. But usually our shared TV time involves shutting down and tuning everything out - including one another.
This isn’t news to anyone, I’m certain. TV time isn’t good family time - no brainer. But…
After a long day of work for two parents and school and homework for two kids, we’re all exhausted a lot of nights. We make dinner, eat, do dishes and other chores, take baths, and head off to bed - with maybe a little time for TV squeezed in there. It’s not ideal or in line with our values, but it’s an easy pattern to fall into.
I have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting my family to spend quality time together after a long day of work and school, but I’d like to hear a few ideas for you. How does your family spend your weeknights?
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