Morning To Night
Today's families are more diverse than ever, but there is one thing we all have in common -- our hectic schedules. Chances are you rarely, if ever, have the chance to sit down to a leisurely weekday breakfast with your kids, and family dinners are happening with less and less frequency.
With weekdays booked from sunup to bedtime, Sundays are a perfect opportunity to reconnect and spend quality time together. Creating sweet activities and rituals for your loved ones to share will strengthen your bonds and create wonderful memories.Take advantage of your extra time on Sunday mornings and share a fun breakfast together. Cooking with your kids is a great way to teach them a bit of math, a bit of independence, and even a bit of family history if you are making favorite recipes. Pancakes, waffles, and cinnamon rolls are all easy and fun to make, and kid-approved!Next up: a family outing. It does not need to be expensive, and you do not have to go far. Spend the day at the local playground. Go sledding at the tallest hill in town. Another great option is to bring the kids to your local science museum. They have displays for kids of all ages, yet are still fascinating for adults! Bring a picnic lunch that you've packed together at home and avoid the lines and expense of fast food restaurants.Back at home, don't forget another important family ritual that often gets lost on weekdays: dinnerâ€¦ togetherâ€¦ around the kitchen table with no television. A traditional Sunday dinner can be an important way for your family to stay connected. This is a great opportunity to break out old family recipes and make meals together that will fill their hearts as well as their tummies. Don't forget dessert! Fresh baked cookies straight out of the oven are a delicious and easy treat.After the meal, forget your usual routine of plopping on the couch in front of the television. Break out a board game or art supplies and create some fun together! If your kids are performers, put on a living room talent show -- a great way for your kids to feel special.Even bedtime can be made into a sweet treat. Pile blankets and pillows on the living room floor and camp out as a family under a blanket fort. Read ghost stories to each other with flashlights and even indulge in a midnight snack -- maybe some leftover cinnamon rolls from breakfast!With a little planning and imagination, Sundays can be the perfect time to bring your family back together and reconnect. Who knows? Maybe your new rituals will spread to weeknights, too!
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