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6 Ideas for Spending Quality Family Time

Spending time together as a family is an important goal of mine. Not just being together but true quality time. We eat together, carpool together, homework time, cleaning, the list goes on and on. That time seems to be focused on doing everything but really spending quality family time together.

 6 Ideas for Spending Quality Family Time


Spend the afternoon in the park. Play catch, tag, or have a family race around the track. Bring a picnic lunch and spread out a blanket to enjoy a family meal together.

Put together a scavenger hunt for around the house, yard and/or neighborhood. Depending on the size and make-up of your family, break up into teams and have a mini competition – boys versus girls; mother/sons versus father/daughters; etc.

Create a gratitude jar together. Make giving thanks a habit within your family – set aside a specific time to focus on sharing what each family member is thankful for.

Make a family recipe book and include pictures of the meals you’ve created together. This would make a great gift for extended family members.

Camp out in your family living room for a pajama party. Make a fort of bed sheets, play board games, karaoke, the list is endless. Have each family member create a dish for snacks for the night.

Talk with one another. Have meaningful conversations with one another. Make it a point to actively listen to what each other is saying.

What are your favorite ways to spend quality time with your family?

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Irene Soh

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

I love the idea of the gratitude jar.... I am going to do it with my family. thank you for the wonderful tips.

Ashley (@JoyfullyThrifty)

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

I love that your ideas are easy and don't cost money! I love going for walks and enjoying time outside.

Familial Ramblings

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

I really love these ideas--especially the gratitude jar! You don't know how tempting it is for me to start working on that right now, but unfortunately, I have a meeting. Later though! This is really fantastic though and I'm going to make sure some of these suggestions are put into practice at my home!

Kristen Creecy Ramsey

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Great inspiration! So true that we are often too busy with other things to really just relax and spend time together. We have two young girls, and they love to help me bake things in the kitchen. We also like to just hang out together outside and go for walks on a trail near us.


Sunday 6th of October 2013

How fun!!! My youngest son & daughter love to help out in the kitchen - it inspires me to do more home cooking and family friendly meals.

Stephanie Bourne

Tuesday 17th of September 2013

Great ideas! I love the recipe book idea. I have been trying to get recipes from my mom and my grandmother. My mom has been so helpful in sharing all the recipes that I remember from my childhood. My grandmother on the other hand has Alzheimers and she can't remember the recipes nor where she put her written ones. I would love to do a book for myself as well as my 3 daughters. Thanks for sharing!

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