1. A Weekly Family Game Night
Take one night a week and make it a time of fun! One week, pull out the cards and play "Old Maid" or "Crazy 8's," or teach the kids a game you used to play.
2. Commit to One Healthy Eating Change
Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking, or skipping sodas altogether.
3. Turn off the TV
Television is a wonderful invention and not bad in and of itself, but in many homes, we use the TV as a buffer from communication.
4. Eat Dinner as a Family
The act of coming together for a common meal teaches the importance of sharing and compromise, and helps younger members of the family understand problem solving and listening skills.
5. Be Quick to Apologize and Quick to Forgive
It’s best to try to avoid causing pain, but when you mess up, be quick to apologize. When it’s your turn to be hurt, be quick to forgive.
6. Exercise Together
You could have a game of tennis, or miniature golf. Get out in the yard and play ball! Don’t have a football? Toss a Frisbee.
7. Revisit your Childhood
Get down on the ground and roll around with your kids. Build a fort in the family room with couch cushions and sheets. Tell knock-knock jokes to each other.
8. Do Something New as a Family
Doing something new together will give you a common memory...
so get out there and get adventurous together.
9. Make each Child Feel Special
Make a resolution to do something once a month with each of your children. Do something together that will make them feel valued.
10. Nurture your Relationship with your Spouse
When your kids know that you value your spouse as your first priority, they have a feeling of security and love that’s nearly unshakeable. Make a point to put that relationship first, and your family will benefit.
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