Let Me Be a Child

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Let Me Be A Child

Let me know when I make you proud.
And help me to have pride in my own accomplishments.
Let me earn your trust. Then trust me.
I won’t let you down.
Let me know you love me with a hug or a pat on the back.
Or, when I need it, with a firm but gentle “no”
Let me be. Let me change. Let me grow.
Let me dream. Share my joy when my dreams come true.
Share my tears when they don’t.
Let me feel secure in my home. Help me realize that love is always there.
That I can depend on you no matter what.
Let me run. let me laugh. let me play.
And most of all, let me be a child.

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Sometimes it amazes me the demands that are placed on children these days. While as parents we can all say that we had it “harder” then our kids do now because we had to be creative and play with our imagination where as now there are video games and computers.

Let’s face it, the pressure that is put on our children today to grow up fast is really out of control.

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We have them in multiple sports, we push them to join different clubs, their peers put pressure on them to look more grown up and dress more grown up and the media encourages this.

Take a look at the toys we want our little girls to play with, Bratz and Barbie… or have a look at the style of clothes that are available, do those toys look innocent to you?

Life passes us by quick enough as it is. Let your child be a child, regardless of how old they are. To help make sure your child isn’t robbed of their youth, here are several tips you can follow, one for each day of the week to think about.


Follow the principle that Regular Playtime is vital for everyone.

 Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate.

Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep… and which they want to toss.

Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it.


Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just hang out with family and friends.

 Encourage free-range (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp.

 Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of gum with a friend.

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Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him.

Children need to play. It’s their work. All mammals play; it’s their way of learning skills they’ll need when they’re full-grown, from finding food to getting along with others. It’s also the way small humans process their emotions.
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Thinking back to our own best childhood memory, it won’t be a class or lesson, but the time we were allowed to just be.

“Children learn through playing, through active exploration that feeds their imagination, not by always having others organize the world for them.”

How can you let your kid just be a kid?

There’s a good chance that your child is, right now, making his own Harry Potter broomstick out of a stick he found in the backyard … and he might prefer it to the pricey vibrating plastic version you were thinking of buying him.

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“Children learn through play — through puzzles, games, and questions and answers. They also learn on the playground — they learn about nature, weather and the seasons, motion, concepts of distance and speed, and cause and effect. They learn how to negotiate and talk with their peers.

If you live in an area where you can let your child run amok with his friends outdoors, let him; if you don’t, remember that just hanging with friends and neighbors indoors can be great too. 

The result sometimes necessitates that you wear earplugs  on a Saturday afternoon but that is preferable to the eerie silence that descends when little kids are locked for hours in the world of video games.

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Providing an environment where family plays and have fun together is not an option, for us it is a must.

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Find something that your family will enjoy.

Board games, hiking, fishing, camping, playing sports, biking, reading, watching a movie,

any activity that provides a quality family fun time will unite our children while making memories that they will never forget.

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In my family we spent time together, we had fun together, we played together.

In the end, learning who we are primarily takes place not in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces between things, when we can reflect upon what we have done and who we are. The more of these quiet spaces families provide for kids, the better.

We must remember they are children and it’s crucial we let them enjoy this part of their lives by letting them just be a kid.

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Memories are not free, however they don’t cost money but time and that is what makes them so valuable.

We can build them around the most simple moments.

It is for us to make each moment count, no matter our circumstances, our past,

or how much or how little we have, we can create a place called home

when every child is entitled to a beautiful childhood.


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Celebrate The Grandparents We Love

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In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore.


In 1978, five years after its West Virginia inception, the United StatesCongress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. (September was chosen for the holiday, to signify the “Autumn Years” of life.)


According to the National Grandparents Day Council, Grandparents Day has a threefold purpose:

  • To honor grandparents
  • To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
  • To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

I Am a Lucky Grandma. I Have 19 Of The Most BEAUTIFUL GRANDKIDS! The best gifts I love to get on Grandparent’s Day are Hugs, Pictures, More Hugs, Laughter, Stories, and Pictures!

Grandchildren Fill That Empty Space In Our Heart.


So How Can We Make Our Grandparents Feel Really Special? I Have Found a Few Ideas I Think You Will Like…..

Send FREE Grandparents Day ecards at Americangreetings.com in minutes! 






Trace Your Arms and Mail A Hug to your Grandparents!


DIY Sharpie Mugs {Oh Honestly} – this cup will be Grandma’s new favorite. All it takes is some plain white mugs  and Sharpies!


Interview Them….

Ask about places they lived, work they did, favorite childhood memories, people who influenced them, and what they like best about the time they grew up in.


If you need a little help coming up with questions IMOM has a wonderful tool for family

Send Flowers….


Send your Grandparents a  fresh, bright bouquet of flowers, edible arrangements, a book, or gift cards or something you know they would enjoy. 

Have Story Time….

Grandkids will remember how special these times were.

Gather the family around and encourage your Grandparents to share some old stories from throughout their life.

Ask them about trips they took, their first date, silly memories from when your Mom or Dad were young.


Grandparents will love having a print from each of their Grandchildren to display. Learn how from the  Gallary Art of Handprints.


Color Together…..

Coloring is not just for kids anymore. Buy some Coloring Books you can leave at their house, and let Grandkids make more memories everytime they visit.


If your  Grandparents live far away make  time for Skype or Phone Chat with the Grandkids.

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Make a Special Card From Thirty Handmade Days


After you print out this Grandparent’s Day Card, the Grandkids will get to fill it out with why their grateful for their grandparent, what they like most about them, what their favorite memory of them is, and a drawing of the two of them.

The Best Gift….Give Them The Gift Of Time.


I think the most Wonderful  Gift For Grandparents is the Gift Of Your Time, and there are many ways you can spend quality time together.

Arrange for a once-a-month lunch date.

Help with house or yard work.

Involve yourself in their interests.

No Matter what you Plan on Doing, just Remember to have Fun with it and make Memories For Years To Come.

“Love Is The Greatest Gift That One Generation Can Leave To Another.” (Via Richard Garnett)

Have a Wonderful Grandparents Day.





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A Basket Full of Memories


As you become older you realize that memories and treasured keepsakes are what you come away with from your childhood.  Memories connect our pasts, our present, and our futures — and they connect us to one another. What situations come into your mind when someone asks you to remember your childhood memories?

 Life flies by fast and before you know it your kids will be grown. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make sure that your children have fond memories of growing up. Will your kids remember their Xbox or will they remember the two of you running through the sprinklers on a hot day?

Life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy Memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood” ~ Charlotte Davis Kasl



Childhood memories are usually the simplest of things. Remember when you learned to ride your first bike?  Jumping in a pile of leaves in the fall, making mudpies, snowball fights, playing in the rain, chasing butterflies, gathering eggs in the hen house, playing “dress up” like mom, hunting with dad, turning the crank on the ice cream.

We all have memories of our childhood that are cherished in our hearts forever. It’s not the things that cost the most money, it’s the time spent with the ones we love the most that we’ll always remember. Young parents of today should always try to spend quality time with their children. It’s not what you buy them, but the memories you make together, that they’ll look back on when they’re grown. The simple pleasures that cost nothing, yet are priceless.

A First Memory Starter….

Write your child a letter soon after they are born. Fill it with your thoughts, hopes, dreams and the experience of bringing a new life into the world. Place your note in an envelope and inscribe, “On the day you were born” on it, and tuck it in a journaling-type book.

Each year on your child’s birthday, write another letter to her—fill it with the memories, milestones, dreams, events, ideas and the life that you and your family have created throughout the year. When your child grows up and has a place of his or her own, present the book and continue to send the letters on your child’s birthday.

You will have written a book and told the story of two very special people: you and your child.




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 How To Make Memories….

On Your  Lap. It’s the best place in the entire world for a book, story, or conversation. And it’s been right in front of you the whole time.

Hugs and Kisses. I once heard the story of a man who told his 7-year old son that he had grown too old for kisses. I tear up every time I think of it. Know that your children are never too old to receive physical affirmation of your love for them.

Meals Together. Meals provide unparalleled opportunity for relationship, the likes of which can not be found anywhere else. So much so, that a family that does not eat together does not grow together.


You may not be an animal lover – but getting any kind of pet can do miracles! It doesn’t only mean endless joy for your children but it also is a great way to teach them what responsibility is. You don’t have to get a dog or a cat, there are so many animals that make great and easy to keep pets.

Try hamster, fish, parrot or even a turtle. Teach your kid how to feed it and train it. Your children will love you for getting them a pet and you will love the effect it will have on their character. Your first pet is always one of the greatest childhood memories…





You can visit a foreign country, a big city or a village – the important thing is to go to a road trip together as  a family at least once! Wander, explore, experience, bond and create unforgettable memories. You will learn your kids to love traveling and make the most of the chance to spend couple of whole days together.

Holidays and family trips are one of the things we remember with joy . Fill your family album with lots of photos and funny captures!






Give Them The Gift Of Growing Up With These Memories…..

Play with the garden hose

Spot shapes in the clouds

Tell them about God

Hold them when they cry

Sometimes in the summer we would go to the drive-in movie….Mom always made a big sack of popcorn and a Memory I will always remember.


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Play dress up

Driving Lessons

Let them climb into bed with you when they have a bad dream

Turn off your cell phone and spend time with them


Tell them you love them every day

Make Snow Ice Cream

Read them fairy tales



Create new everyday rituals: warm vanilla milk, a story or a kiss on the forehead before bedtime—special touches that will help your child drift off to a peaceful sleep.

Kite Flying

Give second chances, third chances, fourth chances…

Piano Lessons

Tell them you believe in them


Blow on a Dandelion and make a wish





Go to the Library

Be kind to them so they’ll learn to be kind


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“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”



  • 1 grassy field
  • 1/2 dozen (or more) children
  • several dogs (and puppies, if available)
  • 1 brook
  • several pebbles


  1. Into field, pour children and dogs — allowing to mix well.
  2. Pour brook over pebbles til slightly frothy.
  3. Cool children and dogs slightly in brook.
  4. When dry, serve with milk and freshly baked gingerbread cookies.







 Each parent would have many stories to tell about their children. These stories would have many moments which are cherishable, memorable and wonderful. Along with that many frustrating and tireful ones too. All these experiences could make each parent an author of a book.

So how do we Save these memories?   Keepy, a tool that lets you snap and store photos of your kids and the stuff they do. Keepy also lets kids and their “followers” add voice and video comments.

If your children had to share their life story with someone else, what memories would be the basis for their story? Now is the time to shape their story with living memories that will last a lifetime.

You are  going to blink and these little people – who, for now, see you  as the beginning and the end of the universe – are going to be all grown up.  Make sure that when that day comes, they will look back and smile and remember the little moments like these. I know I will.

Are you making time to create memories with your children?

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Blurb’s Chicken Soup Book….Great Holiday Gift Idea!




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It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?



These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal.

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Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.

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There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great.! This is such a great book for the holidays that I cannot wait to share with the ones I love!






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Are You A Family Caregiver?

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As a family caregiver you have embarked upon the roller coaster ride of your life. Whether you get off the ride shaken and bruised or ready to go again, is in part, a function of the social support strategies you utilize along the way.



There Are Only Four Kinds of People in the World..

Those Who Have Been Caregivers..

Those Who Currently Are  Caregivers..

Those Who Will Be Caregivers..

Those Who Need Caregivers.

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting…’ Maya Angelou said this:


‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’ ‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’ ‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a life.’ ‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’ ‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’ ‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back…’ ‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn…’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

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FAMILY CAREGIVING – The responsibility one takes caring for a loved one in need.

STRESS – Can get very high and even out of control while caring for a loved one, and must always be managed for health reasons.

TRAUMA – One day the medical profession will understand Family Caregiver trauma.  Many Caregivers under constant stress are unaware they suffer from trauma.

EMOTIONS – Learn to listen to  your emotions to tell you when you need change and a break.

ELDERLY  CARE – Caring for our elderly loved ones who need assistance with daily necessities we take for granted.

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While the number of older people is increasing, the pool of available caregivers for them is shrinking. Caregivers say caregiving is the ultimate way to thank a loved one for a lifetime of positive presence or sacrifice “With so many baby boomers now becoming caregivers, it’s important to remember that we don’t have to go at it alone.

“It’s okay to reach out for help,  from friends, doctors, church or a support group. We don’t have to take care of everything ourselves.


Caregivers Facts and Figures

    • 70 percent of caregivers are between 40 and 59 years of age.
    • 65 percent of caregivers don’t get any help from family or friends.
    • 69 percent of caregivers say that frustration is their most frequently felt emotion.
    • Caregivers rate loss of leisure, the change in family dynamics and feelings of isolation as the most burdensome aspects of caregiving.
    • Virtually half of all caregivers say they have suffered from prolonged depression.
    • More people enter nursing homes because of caregiver burnout, rather than because of a worsening of their condition.
    • Most adults receiving long-term care at home–65 percent–rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance.
    • An estimated 44.4 million Americans provide care for adult family members and friends who, because of disabling illnesses or conditions, have limited ability to carry out daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals.
    • 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where families provide at least 75 percent of their care.
    • The average caregiver is age 46, female, married and working outside the home earning an annual income of $35,000.


Tips for Family Caregiving for family with Dementia…… Take one day at a time, tackling each problem as it arises. You cannot know how a dementia patient will behave tomorrow, and worrying about tomorrow robs you of the energy you need to deal with today

Secure Power Of Attorney…. before your loved one becomes mentally incompetent. See your bank manager or accountant and setup a good financial plan. See a lawyer.

Talk about finances and healthcare wishes….. Having these conversations can be difficult, but completing Durable Powers of Attorney for finances and healthcare can help relieve anxiety and better prepare for the future.

It helps to learn as much as you can about the disease and what you can reasonably expect the patient to be able to do. Find out how other people manage by participating in a support group or by talking with other families caring for members with similar illnesses.


Try to put yourself in the patient’s shoes. You will feel less annoyed the tenth time you are asked what day it is if you think about how unsettling it must be not to know when it is or where things are.

Give yourself a break. Scheduled respite is essential for the caregiver.

Caring for a dementia patient at home is a 36 hour a day job. You must have regular breaks or your own health will suffer.

Consider inviting family and close friends to come together and discuss the care needed. If possible, it’s helpful to include the care recipient in this meeting. This meeting gives caregivers a chance to say what they need, plan for care and ask others for assistance.

Take advantage of community resources such as Meals on Wheels and adult day programs. These resources help relieve the workload and offer a break. Look for caregiver educational programs that will increase knowledge and confidence.


Caring.com has launched an interactive tool, Steps & Stages, that pinpoints where your loved one is—right now—along the disease spectrum. The tool then provides information describing what the stage is like for your loved one (which tasks he or she will struggle to complete, for instance) and then recommends how you can help him or her manage his or her disease symptoms.


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The myriad of federal, state, local and private programs out there may seem overwhelming when searching for help to care for a loved one. If there is no Internet access, call or visit a public library and ask for help at the reference desk.

To get started, here are some ideas……

Eldercare Locator

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Council on the Aging, Inc.

National Family Caregiver Alliance

National Family Caregivers Association

On-line Caregiver Education and Training


One Hundred Ways To Live To A Hundred…

1. Enjoy yourself.

2. Stay young at heart.

3. Be honest and open.

4. Look for rainbows.

5. Walk to work.

6. Take the stairs.

7. Keep your curiosity.


8. Stop smoking.

9. Listen to your body.

10. Watch what you eat.

11. Watch what you say.

12. Make time for your children.

13. Don’t rest on your laurels.

14. Drink lots of water.

15. Have faith in others.

16. Walk in the park.

17. Forgive.

18. Be an optimist.

19. Make love.


20. Cross-country ski.

21. Discover romance.

22. Exercise regularly.

23. Do Tai Chi.

24. Try Yoga.

25. Plant a garden.

26. Eat plenty of fruit.

27. Golf.

28. Adopt a pet.

29. Laugh often.

30. Be positive.

31. Give, don’t take.


32. Marry your sweetheart.

33. Celebrate your marriage.

34. Enjoy being single.

35. Relax.

36. Eat your greens.

37. Take up lawn bowling.

38. Do nothing in excess.

39. Do everything in excess.

40. Serve chicken noodle soup.

41. Practice what you preach.

42. Look before you leap.

43. Make time for your friends.

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44. Reduce your cholesterol.

45. Early to bed, early to rise.

46. Don’t mope.

47. Try new things.

48. Skinny dip.

49. Write to a friend.

50. Play tennis.

51. Commune with nature.

52. Sing in the car.

53. Write a poem.

54. Whistle while you work.

55. Read a book.

56. Take your medicine as prescribed.

57. Challenge yourself.

58. Count your blessings.

59. Indulge yourself.

60. “Carpe diem” (Seize the day).


61. Take setbacks in stride.

62.If you want to stop taking a medication, ask your doctor.

63. Cuddle.


64. Use olive oil.

65. Eat your Brussel sprouts.

66. Lighten up.

67. Choose a career you love.

68. Be active in your community.

69. Read the paper every day.

70. Sit up straight.

71. Keep your mind active.

72. Travel.

73. Soak in the tub.

74. Don’t be jealous

 75. Eat an apple a day.

76. Be generous with hugs.


77. Make time for your partner

. 78. Keep in touch with family.

79. Bake a pie.


80. Eat plenty of fish.

81. Get plenty of fresh air.

82. Be yourself.

83. Swim.

84. Make time for your grandchildren.

85. Control your temper.

86. Share.

87. Take nothing for granted.

88. Ask questions when your doctor gives you new medications.

89. Power walk at the mall.


90. Don’t procrastinate.

91. Accept those things which you cannot change.

92. Don’t drink and drive.

93. Create solutions, not problems.

94. Be sociable.

95. Feed the birds.

96. Pamper yourself once a day.

97. Go fishing.

98. Smile.

99. Smell the flowers.

100. Listen to your doctor

Whether you are providing care now or will be in the future, you have to ask yourself if you are able to put yourself in the shoes of the person, or people you care for.

This requires you to be judgment free of their situation, and have the ability to understand what it must feel like in their place. If you can do those things, you will always provide care that is of the best quality possible.


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I have an 88 year-old mother that I take care of every 3 weeks. My best advice is just enjoy  the moments (even though sometimes that is hard)

Love them with all your heart and realize someday you will be in their spot. 



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Are You Ready For Family Night?


Your family is probably like many others these days—pulled in countless directions by educational, social, and recreational obligations. If you’re looking for a way to re-connect with each other, a family night might be exactly what you need.


No matter how young your children are, assigning one night a week for fun family night ideas gives families a special opportunity to have fun together and create lasting memories.
The general concept of a weekly family night is to spend an evening once a week where the family is together having a meaningful experience together.

In other words, watching the latest installment of a favorite sitcom doesn’t count! Invariably, as soon as you decide to set aside a weekly family night, you will be inundated with conflicts. Have some integrity and be willing to say no more often.

It may be tempting to go to the big game with your friend, but be willing to say thanks, but no thanks. If the soccer team practices at the same time as family night, be willing to find another team or not play. It is important to make sure that your commitment is firm.

Remember the feeling of the children in the movie Hook when their dad (Robin Williams) says, “My word is my bond”? Keep your word and put family first.



Parents, YOU make the difference!

Family home evenings should be scheduled once a week as the time for recreation, work projects, skits, songs around the piano, games, special refreshments, and family prayers.  Choose a night when everyone gathers to enjoy a family activity.  Make sure all of you, from the oldest to the youngest, are involved. \ Each week, a different family member can choose the evening’s theme or activity.

Studies show that families who eat meals together and enjoy activities together are closer.  This closeness extends to increased trust and comfort levels, which can help children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Children who grow up in this kind of environment are less likely to become involved in drugs and alcohol use, and they are more comfortable discussing problems with their parents.


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Family Night Ideas…….

1. Visit the zoo……

2. Find out about your area’s community center and or/park activities…….

3. Wash the dog.  ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

4. Have a family slumber party…….bc_subimg_kids_club-300x233

5. Build a fort……(Use large appliance boxes outside, or pillows and sheets inside.)

6. Get out the family photo album…..

7. Research your family history……

8. Visit the Genealogical library…….

9. Play stick ball……

10. Play hopscotch…….

11. Clean the house together…(Have a pick-up party.)……………..

12. Make a play. Take it to a nursing home…….

13. Fly kites…….

14.  Go on a family trip/ historical excursion……

15. Did it snow?  Go sledding and make a snowman…….

FamilyTime16. Make a collage out of pictures from old magazines…..

17. Set up a lemonade stand on a warm day……..

18. Shoot hoops together.  Play H.O.R.S.E……

19. Draw pictures of members of your family……

20. Tell Stories around a campfire.  ( or at the barbecue?)…….

21. Organize a game of capture the flag…..

22. Make miniature boats and float them in some water……

23. Write letters to grandparents or a missionary……

24. Play freeze-tag…….

25. Tell scary stories (With lights out)……

26. Play broom ball…..

1340_YMCA_SiteRedesign_R4_HealthyLvin_0002_Family Time27. Go for a hike……..

28. Go for a bike ride together……

29. Go get ice cream and walk around the temple grounds……

30. Learn to play the guitar together…..

31. Listen to classical music, lights off, lying on the floor, and take turns saying what is sounds like……

32. Attend community concerts or listen to a local band……

33. Organize a community clean-up…..

34. Visit the library….

35. Go ice skating or roller skating…..

36. Paint a picture, a mural or a room……

37. Learn how to use a compass…….

38. Organize 72 hour kits…..

39. Learn how to use a compass…..

40. Plant a tree or some flowers…..

41. Learn the metric system…..



42. Learn sign language….

43. Learn the Morse Code…….

44. Go swimming……

45.  Go bird watching…..

46. Walk the dog. ( A neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)

47. Visit the countryside…..

48. Visit the City. (Maybe on a bus?)

49.  Pick berries/ fruit together…..

50. Bake cookies or bread….

FAMILYFUN_HUB_FamilyTime.ashx51.  Take treats to neighbors or friends…..

52. Plant a garden……

53. Join a family choir……

54. Start a family journal……

55. Go to a museum

56. Take a nature hike trail……

57. Have Family Game Night…….

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58.  Start a family exercise group…..

50. Sing (in the car)….

family_gametime 51. Visit a local bookstore or library…

52. Make crafts together.  Give them away…

53. Make Christmas ornaments together…..

54. Write a story together…….

55. Learn how to fold the American Flag (or your country’s flag). Have a patriotic night. Have a flag ceremony.

56. Talk about drugs. Do role-playing.

57. Make a family cook book.

58. Write a story together………

59. Pizza making night- Make the dough from scratch or buy the pre-made pizza bread and let each person make their own little personalized pizzas.

60. Star Gazing – Grab some pillows, jackets and discover the world above you.  There are apps you can download to your phone to help you recognize the stars.

61. Laser Tag- I must say this is one of my favorites.  It’s so much fun!

Family movie nights are just a bit more structured than simply renting a movie and letting the kids watch it. Remember, the point of a family fun night is to make it a simple, but a special event that involves all the family. Pop popcorn the old-fashioned way (on the stove) and pop in a DVD….. Let everyone in the family have a turn at deciding which movie to watch.

Remember Family Nights can be a lot of  FUN!


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 Most importantly though, the best way to have a successful Family Home Evening is to have it. The purpose of Family Home Evening is to be (and learn) together as a family and all you have to do to achieve that goal is to simply hold Family Home Evening.

The more regularly you bring your family together for Family Home Evening, the more accustomed they will come to being together, participating in Family Home Evening, and being united as a family.


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Oreo Pie It’s easy, you just get chocolate pudding and Oreo’s and whip cream. Crush the Oreo’s up and put them on the bottom of a pan. Then put the pudding on top .then more crushed up Oreos. then put the whip cream on top and spread it out.-

Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches Yummy and easy. First make a box of brownies, any kind. Let cool and cut into squares. Take aluminum foil and put one brownie square on it add vanilla ice cream (or any flavor you like) and top with another brownie. Wrap up and put into freezer. Do this with all the brownies. After FHE serve.


Nachos Put corn chips on a cookie sheet and put on shredded cheese we like the four cheese blend the broil in the oven until the cheese is melted. don’t bake it too long! hard cheese is not very good.

Home Made Oreos A favorite of my family is a joyous mix. It’s lots of fun to put together as well. Prepare one box of devils food cake. follow the recipe on back on how to prepare it for cookies. Place the dough/batter on a cookie sheet and cook for app. 10 minutes, (the back of the box should say exactly.) After the cookies are cooked and cooled, spread vanilla frosting on the flat side of each cookie and place to together!!!! ENJOY! –

Orange Julius’ – Put 1 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate (regular size can), ice cubes (as much as you like, around 2 cups is good) into a blender. Blend until ice is well crushed. We almost always had this with popcorn!



When you have older kids, like teens, most are  hard to get motivated.  One trick I learned is to show them you mean it, find a bowl or container of some sort and have them all put their extra little things in it.  Like for example, any electronic device like cell phones, ect. go into the basket.  It works like a charm!

Don’t  be discouraged if it takes little time to get your family night started. It’s well worth the effort to start a tradition that strengthens your family bond.


“Because there is no one way to be a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a great one.”  Kelle Hampton
As President Ezra Taft Benson said about Family Home Evening, “… Like iron links in a chain, this practice will bind a family together, in love, pride, tradition, strength, and loyalty.

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I wish that we had the sort of simple laid back life that afforded us the opportunity to have every night be Family Night. And I will admit that a part of me misses the days when all of my children were small and the evenings after dinner were spent reading a chapter from a book, all of us snuggled together on the couch.

But children have this annoying habit of growing up and having lives of their own, as parents we have to take the time to spend together with them wherever we can get it. Having one special night set aside every week to spend as a family has been transformative for my family.

When you have your teenagers putting in requests for the next Family Night and happily coming home on time, you know that you are doing something right.




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