It occurred to me recently how dependent our family had become on getting out of the house.
While I love playing outside with the kids or taking bike rides on a sunny day, the majority of this time was spent doing “busy work.”
We spend a lot of time in the car driving from place to place, eating at restaurants or my personal favorite (not so much)…shopping!
Even worse, when we do have the opportunity to spend some time at home with our young children, we all too often find ourselves sitting in front of the TV or at best spread around the house doing our own thing.
The kids color, Daddy’s on Facebook and Mommy is fixing a snack. We are not engaged in our relationships with each other at these times.
A recent Sunday afternoon afforded the opportunity for some reflection.
It was raining, the kids were bored and Mommy and Daddy were quite miserable with a mild case of “cabin fever.” Now, we know that God proclaimed Sunday as a day of rest, but this seemed ridiculous!
We had become a family that we would quickly criticize if we were judging their actions.
I decided it was time for some positive action. So, I made a list!
You will find below 37 things that you can do as a family on the next Sunday (or any day) that you find yourself cooped up with your young children (or just with your spouse).
Better yet, use these fun activities on a sunny day when you could easily be mowing the yard or running errands. I bet you will not regret it!
There you have it. Next time you are faced with bored kids and restless parents, shift your thinking and look at the opportunity you have to spend quality time together.
You can create long-lasting memories for your children, and even better memories for yourself!
What are your favorite things to do together as a family when you are home? What are some of your best childhood memories from long days spent around your house?
Please share your thoughts in the comments!
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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.