I’ve been looking forward to our 2nd Annual Family Day Getaway to Montebello for months now. I couldn’t stop thinking about how nice it would be to have some quality family time. But then I thought to myself. Why is Family Day once a year? Yes, we all try to do special things with our families on a regular basis, but I wanted to make a firm commitment to it. Why couldn’t it be more often? So that every week I could look forward to it?
With these thoughts in my head, and inspired by a friend with an English family that has “afternoon tea” together each Sunday, I instituted “Family Day Sundays” a few weeks ago and it’s going really well. We don’t go visiting, we don’t have playdates, we spend the majority of the day just with each other.
Last week, Jon, Mary and I made her a stove to go with a cookie set she got at Christmas. All three of us worked on the project together and Mary loved the final result. She set up the pretend stove with a few other items she had and voila! she had a kitchen/bakery/restaurant.
These were the kinds of things I loved as a kid – building a dollhouse out of a big box, sewing clothes for my trolls (they were naked!) and all sorts of other projects.
That’s what our Family Day Sundays are giving us. Time for teamwork, creativity, and imagination while enjoying each other and the comforts of home. Far away from the hustle and bustle of life – for at least one day a week.
How do you create special opportunities for quality family time?