I want to share an idea for a fun “family night,” but first let me explain why we have family night in the first place:
Okay, so it’s true…I studied marriage and family relationships in college. And I can’t tell you how many times we heard all of the statistics about the importance of spending time together as a family (just google “Family Dinner Together” and you will be surprised how that alone affects individuals in a family).
So it turns out having a regular time set aside for families (Or “Family Night” as some call it), isn’t just for Mormons. With the growth of an electronically-dependent generation, and an ever-increasing amount of programs and activities that intrude on our time, it is now more vital than ever that we take time just for our families. In our family, we do this through daily family meals together & through regular & weekly “family nights.” Sometimes this may involve going out somewhere fun as a family, but most of the time it is something fun & free in the confines of our own home. This is also a time that we strive to teach our children about God, morals and valuable life lessons. We have reached a day that we can no longer count on our schools to teach these valuable lessons that mold and shape our children’s character–it has to happen at home!
Here are the most common benefits of family time that I have come across in my studies (I’m not going to link to sources because you can easily find them with a simple google search).
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5 Reasons to Have a Regular & Consistent Family Night
1. Better Family Relationships. Yes, family night isn’t always going to be perfect…I remember plenty of fights growing up in my own family. I bet if you asked my mom, there were plenty of times that she probably wanted to just throw in the towel on having weekly family nights, but she didn’t. And those times that we spent together every single week, contributed to family bonding, traditions and good memories.
2. Higher Academic Success. Time spent together as a family is going to result in questions, discussions and deeper thinking…Parents who read to their children will have better language development…and the list can go on and on. Time spent together as a family will result in many educational moments, whether planned or not.
3. Less Likely to Participate in Risky Behaviors (Drugs, Violence, Sex, etc.). When a child feels a sense of “belonging,” and knows they are part of a family unit, they are less likely to seek unhealthy relationships. When bonding in the family occurs often, children are also more likely to confide in family members about their worries and stresses.
4. Less Behavioral Problems. Many studies have shown children to have lower levels of behavioral issues when they have parents that are actively involved in their life.
5. Family Members Will Be Healthier. Our physical health is very much connected to our emotional, mental & spiritual health. When relationships are balanced and healthy, we are physically more healthy as well.
Here’s a family night that we had this week: Taste Testing with Miracle Berries.
One of our family Christmas traditions every year is to exchange names. This year my sister gave my brother and his family a big variety bag of fruits and a package of Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets. Apparently there is a special kind of fruit (called “miracle berry”) that temporarily changes your taste buds and makes sour things taste sweet. We were all so curious that my brother didn’t get to leave the party without opening the package up and letting us all experiment with his gift. 🙂 My husband and I were so intrigued that I promptly whipped out my phone and added them to my cart on Amazon. We decided to have a little taste testing party for Family Night this week. Just FYI, my 2-year old didn’t exactly understand why she needed to SUCK on the berry tablet first, so it didn’t properly coat her tongue like it did ours.
At first she thought it was cool just like we did:
And then I think she started tasting some of the sour:
And then after a few good sucks opted out:
Limes still have a slightly sour taste, but lemons were really good! We sucked the juice out of them and it tasted like a really yummy lemonade. We also tried oranges and grapefruit. My husband and I both agreed that grapefruit was our favorite (Read the reviews for ideas on some other fun foods to try). I decided to save the rest of the tablets for enjoying grapefruits for breakfast on select mornings. I know they are healthy, but I’ve just never been a grapefruit person. They were so good after the miracle fruit though!
The sensation only lasted about 15-20 minutes for us, but it was really fun! This would also make a great lesson on how sometimes the world tries to deceive us by making evil and bad things seem good, but in the end…a lemon is still a lemon…and once the “sweet sensation” wears off, it’s not something I want to be sucking on! 🙂
What have been some of your most memorable Family Nights?