What would you do if you could spend a whole day with your family doing whatever you want?
As I get older it seems that time is speeding up. Life gets busier and busier and it can be difficult to carve out precious family time. Between rehearsals, practices, work commitments, church meetings, homework and everyday life it’s easy to get a little—ok a lot–distracted. My husband and I were discussing that in the new year we would like to focus more on meaningful family experiences and it got me thinking: If I had one day free from any obligations what would we choose to do as a family?
Recently as I scrolled through Instagram looking at my friend’s holiday activities it struck me that we all have different interests and hobbies. One family I know makes time to plan a family backpacking adventure every summer. Another one travels across the country to attend a sporting event together. Others love the beach, or watching musicals, playing board games or exploring their hometown together as a family. So there’s no one “perfect family activity” – your ideas for family activities may be totally different from others’ and that’s great!
As for my familly, if we could do anything together for a day, Disneyland would probably win hands down. (We are die hard Disney fans here). But if we are keeping it local (and a lot less expensive and relaxing) I think we would go with sleeping in, lunch out together at our favorite restaurant, an afternoon movie and the chance to just connect with one another.
Your ideas may be small or grand. The beauty of this question is there is no wrong answer. So what do you say? If you could do anything with your family for a day, what would it be?
Follow up question: How can you make this wonderful day you’ve described happen in the next few months?
(For some doable ideas for instilling more family time read: “Two Simple Ways To Nourish Family Life”)