If you’re a parent or guardian of school age kids reading this right now, just take a moment and pat yourself on the back. The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but especially parents. In between working from home (if you’re even fortunate enough to do so), playing teacher/cafeteria worker/coach/janitor, and having to wrangle stir crazy kids who miss their friends, you’ve got a lot on your plate. When you do have actual quality time to spend with your family, you want to make it count!
At Lanham Skate Center, creating happy memories with family is what we’re all about, so check out these tips to make weekends more fun for the whole family.
Add More Fun to Your Family’s Weekends
Lay the foundation before the weekend starts.
We know this tip isn’t the most exciting, but it can make a huge difference in your family’s weekends! While it’s challenging to fit housework like laundry and cleaning into your busy weekdays, spreading at least some of the chores out during the week will free up time for more fun on Saturday and Sunday. If your Saturdays are currently filled with mountains of laundry and hours of chores, start small. Challenge yourself to do one load of laundry during the week, or set a timer every night after the kids go to bed and clean for 15-20 minutes. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done with a deadline!
Make meals special.
Don’t worry, we’re not advocating for a four course meal every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the age of smartphones, tablets, and social media, even parents are guilty of checking out during mealtimes—and that’s assuming everyone even sits down at a table together to begin with.
While it may seem old fashioned, family dinners are actually really important for families, with multiple benefits for child development and family relationships. Aside from a “no electronics at the table” rule, you can make mealtimes special by asking fun questions, having a picnic on the lawn, or getting your kids involved with the cooking and table setting.
We could all use a little (or a lot) more exercise, so choose weekend activities that work up a sweat or provide a sense of adventure. Roller skating is a great family fitness activity, as well as hiking, biking, or walking at your local park. According to the CDC, as long as you stick to COVID-19 safety guidelines, you and your kids can still enjoy getting out in nature for some healthy exercise. We hope that these tips help you and your family have more fun on the weekends—after all, we need it more than ever right now!