Family Day Sundays

| February 10, 2015 | 10 Comments

Mary in her kitchen. Stove made built on Family Day Sunday at our home. Photo by I Tell Stories.

Mary in her kitchen. Stove built on Family Day Sunday at our home. Photo by I Tell Stories.

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?

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Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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  1. cbrazil says:

    Sundays are family days in our home as well, as it was when I grew up 🙂 As my kids get older, we will be establishing a games night too.

  2. kathy downey says:

    We love Sunday,just a relaxing day for everyone

  3. Cheryl says:

    We try and have Family Day each weekend. This is the first year we will have it as a holiday here in Nova Scotia. 🙂

  4. KD says:

    We also love doing tea parties, but I’m not crafty enough to make a kitchen. I found one for sale on kijiji, bought it, and washed it up. 🙂

  5. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I totally agree. Family Day should be way more often.

  6. Sam says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone. Family Day Sunday is going very well. Wish I’d thought of it sooner 🙂

  7. kathy downey says:

    Since our kids are grown and on their own we have family day on Saturday with the grandkids as they have to leave on Sunday to go back home

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    What a nice activity! I love the stove!

  9. kathy downey says:

    I love her play area she has setup

  10. kathy downey says:

    This Sunday we are having a Tea Party,the kids are so excited

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