Sarah Braesch (a.k.a. Goon Squad Sarah) lives outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and seven year old twins. You can find her writing on Sarah and the Goon Squad and Draft Day Suit.
I have friends that have very strict family traditions: You must eat cabbage on New Years Day, the mandatory reading of “The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve, cake is what you eat for breakfast on your birthday, Fridays are pizza night, etc. That is cool, but it isn’t how we roll at Rancho Von Goon Squad.
For one, I am not that organized. Sometimes I have chicken that has to be eaten and it is Friday morning. Sometimes I want to sleep in on my birthday. For a few years in a row we went to Union Station on Christmas Eve to see the big train set, but this year we just didn’t feel like it.
I propose trying some new, fun, family traditions. You can try whatever you want, but I’d like to offer up these ideas.
The Family Dance Party
My kids love dance parties and honestly they are a great way to get your heart pumping and burn off a few extra calories while still having fun. In my house we celebrate Death Metal Wednesdays, but you might want to start with disco or 80s music.
The After Dinner Walk
I love to do this in the summer when it stays light longer. We usually only walk around the block, but I love the opportunity to stretch my legs after a big dinner and it is a nice time to talk to the kids about what is going on in their lives.
The Chili Cook-Off
I like the chili cook-off because it is a family tradition that can include extended family and family friends. We usually have ours during the Super Bowl, but you can do one anytime.
The Painting Party
Fine. I admit that this is just an excuse to make my kids paint the base boards, but why shouldn’t they be involved in home improvement? Plus, this way repainting the living room doesn’t have to be torture. Play music, bake cupcakes, make it fun, and do it as a family.
These are just a few ideas. Be creative. Have fun with your family. I know I do.
Do you have any Family Night Traditions that you want to share?