If it seems like those precious moments spent with your family are fleeting, follow these tips to get the family together more.
Step 1: Make family a priority Make your family your priority. We often get bogged down with work, chores, and other menial things, but the first step in making family time is making family a priority.
Step 2: Get organized Get organized. Planning ahead is a great way to organize your time and prevent scurrying from one activity to the next.
TIP: Limit children's extracurricular activities in favor of spending time with family.
Step 3: Schedule family night Schedule a night once a week when you can all come together for a scrumptious dinner, conversation, and even games.
TIP: Don’t turn on the television on family night. Make it a time when you can all talk to one another.
Step 4: Save a day Set aside an entire day each month devoted completely to the family. Try a drive in the country, lunch in a cozy restaurant, a hike, or a day lounging in the comfort of mom and dad’s bed.
Step 5: Cherish the few minutes Don’t underestimate the few minutes you are able to spend with your family daily – these add up to quality family time.
Step 6: Be diligent Make deliberate plans to incorporate family time into your schedule. Our biggest investment is in the people we love.
FACT: In 2008, there were 73.9 million children aged 17 and under in the U.S. Of those, 67 percent lived with two married parents.