Here’s a challenge for you — spend 30 solid minutes with your children each day for the next week.
This may seem more an issue with families of schooled children than those who homeschool. After all, most of us spend the whole day with our kids already. But I think that is precisely why we need a Family Hour.
We need a break from schoolwork and time to just be.
There is a fine line between home and school, and sometimes we get so caught up with lessons and projects, that we forget the relationships.
For some, the line doesn’t exist and everyday life becomes a lesson — food prep is math, a walk in the park is science, story time is language arts. Even time commuting in the car becomes educational, with recorded books and pop quizzes. This kind of routine could get draining on anybody–parents included.
The Family Hour doesn’t have to be anything complicated. It doesn’t even have to last an actual hour.
Start small — pencil in 20 or 30 minutes. Make it as much a priority as you would schoolwork. This could be as simple as a family meal together or a shared bedtime routine.
At our house, we have one solid routine that is accomplished 95% of the time — brush, change, stories, bed. It is a chant that my youngest had memorized since she started stringing words together.
It is our time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company, with no strings attached. It is a time we all look forward to after school has ended.
Ideas for Family Hour:
- a pre-breakfast/midday/ after dinner walk
- game night
- video games (with the kids)
- story time
- game of catch
- family jam session
- all out NERF battle
Remember, you are more than a school.
You are a family.
How will you spend your Family Hour?