Five ideas to spice up your family night
Bonding with your family doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Themed family nights are the best way for both parents and their children to unwind where you don’t take yourself too seriously. Here are some ideas that you can adapt to make the most out of time spent with family at home. The good thing about them is you can invite relatives or other families to join in on the fun.
- Karaoke night
This activity is an all-time favorite for many people. If you have no problem embarrassing yourselves, you can invite other families to join in on the fun. Select two or three judges to award points to the contests, you don’t need a karaoke machine, there are plenty of online channels you can get your favorite tunes from.
- Movie night
Sitting on the sofa with your favorite snacks and watching a movie never gets old. There are plenty of family movies you can watch together just for laughs. To take it a notch higher, look for videos with an uncomfortable theme or controversial message that you can all discuss. Keep in mind the point of debating the content is to understand each other’s perspective; you don’t want it getting heated and ruining the night.
- Volunteer Night
A fantastic way to both bond and make an impact, no matter how small it feels, is to volunteer a few hours of your time to a worthy cause. The entire family can choose an area they are keen to make a difference. You may not always agree on where to go so you can turn this into a routine. Depending on your schedules, once a month wouldn’t be a stretch. The advantages outweigh any inconvenience you might feel.
- Have an honored guest
You can do this on rotation where each member of the family becomes the focus of attention- if they are willing. A set of questions should be prepared beforehand and given to the guest to that they don’t feel bombarded. This is a great way to get to know each other better. Alternatively, you can invite someone outside the family to talk about a particular area of interest. It could be anyone like the best personal injury lawyer or a behavioral expert. Create a list of topics you’d like to know more about and invite someone for dinner to both educate and enlighten you.
- Educational night
The purpose of this night is not to bore everyone, but rather teach them something interesting. It could be a history or a how-to, but make it interactive, practical and fun. Parents can use this opportunity to impart values or even paint a picture of their upbringing so that the children can better understand where they come from. The children can equally teach the parents a thing or two, especially on technology.