Spending time as a family is something I make happen. When my daughters were younger, it was an easy task. We’d go the park for a few hours and everyone was happy. Lunch at a fast food place would end up being a few hours while they amused themselves in the play yard after their meal and Mom and Dad talked. Now, with one daughter who is married and living halfway across the country and another who is 13 and would rather sit in front of her computer than do almost anything else, it takes a lot of effort on my part to spend time together as a family.
Even if when it was just my 13 year old, me and my husband, I felt like I had to stand on my head and spit nickels to get us in one room of the house, or to go somewhere as a family. But, when we did spend time as a family, the realization of the fun we had together, the memories we created, and the smiles we shared on photos made it more likely that I’d hear, â€œYesâ€ from my daughter for the next family event.
I’ve made it my goal to teach my children that â€œMaking Together Betterâ€ is what being a family is all about. When we spend time together, we retell stories and laugh at them anyway, we eat food that my grandparents cooked for me, we celebrate holidays and achievements, and we are spontaneous. Spending time as a family deepens our relationships, inspires us to continue family traditions, and helps us focus on what is most important – our love for each other.