Friday, September 3, 2010

Family Night

Today is Friday, otherwise known as 'Family Night' at our house.  Each week we rotate which family member gets to plan the dinner (most importantly the dessert), and an activity for the evening.  Our three year old is planning tonight which means spaghetti and meatballs, something involving ice cream and, I'm betting, an obstacle course in our yard.  There's seemingly little that sets the evening apart from other nights of the week but if you ask our children it's a big deal.  They know that one night a week, for sure, we will be hanging out together.  Don't I want the same thing as an adult at times?  Assurance that I'll get to spend some quality time with my friends or spouse on a regular basis?  It's no different for our kids.  So, with little effort, it's become a much anticipated 'ritual.'  My 7 year old make a framed 'Family Night' sign that appears on the table Friday morning and we look forward to it each week.  These are the little things that I'm believing, over time, will be big.  If you don't do anything like this already, give it a try.  You may be surprised at how well received it is!

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