The hectic and fast-paced modern world is making it increasingly harder for families to spend quality time together. Unfortunately, this change in how people relate to and function with one another is also under-mining family values. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to ensure that the bonds that you and your loved ones share remains strong. Following are several tips for planning an incredible family night.
Value Quality Over Quantity
The reality is that family night can happen every night. You do not need a special occasion to spend quality time with your loved ones. People overlook the importance of these gatherings simply because they feel impossible. Most consumers are simply too overwhelmed by their work responsibilities and their living costs to make this a priority. Never underestimate the benefits of prioritising quality over quantity, especially in this area. You can start by making dinnertime a chance for everyone to come together and update their lives. When you do, be sure to:
– Have everyone turn off their mobile phones and tablets
– Turn off the television
– Set the mood by formally setting the table
– Give everyone a chance to list out the things they’re grateful for and to talk a bit about themselves.
Moments like these will keep you connected and up to date on everything that is going on. This is especially important to do if you have small children in the home. With regular, daily meetings, families can have a clear understanding of how everyone is doing and can offer support and help to those who are most in need of it.
Eliminate Stress And Tensions
Have a running family rule that people are to resolve their problems as soon as they arise. Gossip has no place in these circles and thus, if there are issues that need to be discussed, have the affected parties discuss them directly with each others. While relatives should be allowed to vent from time to time, they should move beyond this to purposeful, meaningful discussions that are action-oriented. This way, no one’s feelings get hurt, problems are resolved and everyone can enjoy each other without there being any underlying currents of hurt and distrust.
Keep Things Simple
Do you best to avoid making these ornate affairs. Don’t feel as though you need to invest in special, costly linens, floating votive candles or a decorative punch bowl. Make sure instead that the living environment has a comfortable and homey touch. Also, avoid feeling as though you need to take care of everything yourself. Set a date and a time and get everyone together.
Make Food Preparation Easy
Meal preparation is a chore in and of itself. You don’t have to spend hours laboring over your oven in order to bring these events together. If you plan on inviting extended relatives for a large group, have everyone bring a dish to share. You can even order in from a local pizza shop and make this an entirely relaxed affair. Your ultimate goal is to make everything as easy and stress-free as possible. When feeding large groups of adult relatives, you can even take up a small collection to cover the costs of catering your next affair.