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We have been trying to get this going and have finally settled on a night tuesdays, and start date, after our holiday. of course the whole holiday is family days and nights anyway, we basically do all childrens activities, play cards etc..
But whehter you have a weekly family night or just the odd one, what activities can you think of for a special evening together?
Anything from family video game sessions to board games, cards, crafts, hiking, summer nights out in a tent or with a campfire, any ways to play together and stay connected.
I've already mentioned we love sitting out til late in the summer, campfire, tent dinner out doors etc... We love late night hikes with flashlights, and flashlight tag is fun too. Just really getting started on board games, what do you do?
Or if you had family night as a child what did your family do?
We just started a family movie night with Abigail. We rent a special movie for her, we all cuddle up on the couch, pop some popcorn and watch a movie together. I'd like to do more once she's older, but she's so tired by 8pm most nights, I don't want to keep her up too late.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (3)
Well you asked on the LDS board what we do for family nights, so I thought I would jump in.
Our leaders have counseled us to have a night where we get together and spend time as a family. Generally, we have an opening prayer, song, a lesson, an activity, closing prayer, and refreshments. They don't have to always be like that, and they really aren't formal, but we use it as a time to teach our children the gospel and good values. Lots of times I do activities for my two year old like felt boards to tell him a story, learning about gardening and self reliance by working in the garden, going for walks, having picnics in the canyon, playing board games, etc. Basically all the ideas you said! We also sometimes invite neighbors and their kids over.
I find that the lessons, although it might seem a little silly to do with a two year old, help us to be able to open up and talk about important things with my husband and I and strengthen our marriage too. We want to make sure our kids know good values and that we are the one to teach them, so having family nights opens up a good communication doorway. I think it will be so important when our kids are older too. They will have their own activities/sports going on and everyone can be so so busy. It's important for the strength and relationship of a family to have a time where you spend learning and having fun together.