5 Awesome Family-Minded Ways to Change Your Weekends

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family activitiesWeekend days are notorious for getting away from us too fast. Sometimes, as a mom, I am so exhausted from the week past that I end up wanting just to sleep all morning, keep the kids in front of the TV and veg.

Then, on Sunday, most typically, I wake up with the weight of the week on my chest. It's the day for Costco, Whole Foods, cleaning, lunch packing and errand running. Where is the family time? We are lucky if we get an hour at the local park.

This is not what the weekends are made for. We spend all week apart, so why not come together on the weekends and make them all about family? There are a lot of great ways to make the weekends count. I, for one, plan to try to do at least one really fun thing per weekend from now on.

Here are five ways to change it all up:


Do a kid's choice day: Each day of the weekend, give over to one kid. They get to pick EVERYTHING. If that means Snickers for breakfast, so be it. If that means you spend all day on roller coasters and laughing until you puke, then have a blast doing it. Kids feel empowered and you all have more fun. It's a major win all around!

Do Shabbat dinner even if you are not Jewish:  I am not a religious Jewish person, but I do enjoy lighting candles and sitting down sans phone or Internet on Friday nights. It is a great way to regroup form the week and just be a family.

Have a "no power" day:  Buh-bye phones, Internet, TV and electronics. Spend a day as a family with no electronics or even electricity. Sometimes "blackouts" are good for the whole family (though not weeklong ones, SANDY!).

Do a family field day: OK, so it's a LITTLE Brady Bunch. But a family field day can also be a blast if you want it to be. Break out the old potato sacks. Get sweaty and laugh a lot.

Family slumber party: This is one of my favorite things to do. Pop some popcorn, get some age appropriate scary movies and camp out in the living room (or in the backyard!) Make microwave s'mores and sleep in a big pile.

What do you do to shake up weekends?



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marigny marigny

I love to have family fun time on the weekends; whether it's going to the zoo or to the library we just enjoy the quality time together.

kellynh kellynh

We do tv off days and play family games!!

jessi... jessicasmom1

we have Saturdays together 

nates... natesmom1228

We always have family focused weekends. We go hiking, biking and nature walks.

gacgb... gacgbaker

I might just have to do the Family Slumber Party sometime when my husband is out of town, not sure he would be up for something like that, lol!

We always take one Saturday a month and do a family surprise- just an outing or some activity that we do as a family.  The kids seem to love this tradition.  We also do game nights with borad games, read stories together (we are working through Oliver Twist) and do date nights with each child- we really want to focus on growing close as a family above everything else.  

ceciliam ceciliam

We are always out doing something fun as a family, on the weekends.

tayan... tayanddyl

love the no power and family slumber party day!  Will try this weekend

Saman... Samanthamommy

We're always out and about.

aneela aneela

great tips...we like finding events and festivals to go to when we can

LOswa... LOswald0314

Love all of these ideas!

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