Looking for Ideas for Family Time? Look no Further!

Looking for new ideas to encourage family time? Checkout this article with tips on how to de-stress as a family!

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Spending quality time together as a family does not mean you need to spend more money, Jackson said, or change the way you live your life. Here are some simple steps you can take to help improve your family life in the new year and build lasting memories at the same time:
1. Eat together.
Make a resolution to cook and eat more family meals together every week. Studies show that children who participate in regular family meals are less likely to engage in risky behavior. This is especially important for teenagers. Sharing meals is a great way to have positive conversation, enjoy one another’s company and bond as a family. Just stay away from sticky topics and anything else that could create conflict. Dinner time should be a time to enjoy one another’s company. Children can help set and clear the table, and some will enjoy helping prepare the meal.

2. Find a new fun family activity or hobby.
Sit down and talk. There’s got to be some family activity everyone can do together. For some families, game nights work well, whether they choose board or video versions. Interactive video games that make you get up and move around the living room give kids and parents a chance to burn a few calories as well.

An easy, cost-free and purposeful way to fulfill this resolution is to do family volunteer work. Serve up meals together at a food kitchen, walk dogs or groom at an animal shelter, or mentor a child or teen.

3. Read together.
Many parents read to younger children but give up reading together as children get older. Set a time to read together once a week or every night before bedtime. It’s also a great way to wind down. Either take turns reading out loud, listen to a book on tape or have everyone read their own book or magazine.

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Looking for fun ideas to keep your kids entertained? Checkout this article about activities to entertain kids for busy parents that could be of interest to you.
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Read all the ideas here: http://youthvillages.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/10-tips-for-todays-super-stressed-families-to-spend-quality-time-together/

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