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Planning a fun family night

Staying in with no time-outs

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Family nights can be stressful for both parents and children. Parents might be anxious, feeling that their kids aren't having fun and would rather be with friends. The kids might be bored and looking for excuses to run away. With computers, especially, it is easier to just get on your laptop and entertain yourself. But here are some tips and things to keep in mind to plan a family night that is fun for everyone.

Staying in with no time-outs

Be fair to everyone

When planning a family night, it is important to keep everyone in mind. Yes, you want to share your passions with your whole family, but do not plan a candle-making session if Dad hates crafts. You want to do something that will appeal to the family as a whole. It’s going to be hard — virtually impossible — to please all members. But you can at least try to come close. And don't leave the planning until the night you get together. Have something prepared that will appeal to both parents and kids, with a bit of compromise from everyone.

Balance talk and action

Family night is meant for quality and bonding time. So, you want to have some time to chit-chat and open up. But it is not a meeting or a dinner-table setting. If you are planning on truly bonding and having a good time, you need to have some activity at the centre of the night that will get everyone involved.

Here are some ideas:


A comedy or a thriller can be good picks as you tend to collectively laugh or collectively share thoughts about what will happen next. Movies are always entertaining and it is easy to pick something that will be both suitable and appealing for everyone.

Board games

Invest in a new board game! You don’t have to play charades or Monopoly all the time. Buy a more interactive game. Try Taboo, Scrabble or Clue, something that you know your family would love.

Take it out

Family night can be as fun as dinner out with friends. Go for a round of bowling and have ice cream together. The key is to do something fun and different every time. Have fun and stop stressing!

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