Monday, October 27, 2008

Family Always First Night

About a month ago, I wrote about Family Day - A day to eat dinner with your children, now I see that my community is celebrating the 2nd Annual Family Always First Night. I can't find any other references to this, so I have to assume that it is somewhat local, but I think it is a great idea.

The premise is to encourage families, on October 28, to plan to spend time with the family. They suggest activities like playing cards, watching home, movies and cooking dinner as a family. I have seen other ads suggesting, bowling or swimming at the rec center with the family. In cooperation, the schools have agreed to a night of no homework or projects.

For our family, we do a lot of family activities. I have a large extended family and we frequently socialized with the family when I was younger - either as a large group or family to family. With younger kids, it can be harder to play games as a family, only because of their different levels, but we do like to get out and play together. In recent weeks, we have done a corn maze and pumpkin patch visit with my parents, we have gone to an indoor water park to play with my husband's dad and my brother's family, and we have played at the local science museum with family friends. When the weather is nice, we like to go for walks around the neighborhood and play ball in the yard. We also like to head to the park to climb, slide and swing. We don't live near any of our family, so visiting with extended family frequently involves a road trip...which can be it's own special time to bond.

How does your family spend time together? Does your community have a similar day?

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