Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We do a "family night" every week, usually on Wednesdays nights. Each week, one family member is in charge of choosing what we are going to eat that night and what we are going to do. The only rule is that it must stay within a $20 budget and that the others in the family cannot complain about what the one person picks. We've done all sorts of things: movie theater, movie rental, bowling, bike riding, going to fun restaurant, craft night, board game night, Wii night (usually ends up with Just Dance game or something similar), etc... Tomorrow is my 9 year old son Josh's night to choose. He has a fun night planned
. First: we are going to do Zumba! Ever since the Biggest Loser episode where Dolvette took his team to a Zumba class, Josh has wanted to try it. So I went to the library and got the DVDs. I asked him if were doing the 20 minute or 50 minute workout, he said the 50 minute (that's my boy, lol!) Afterwards, he wants pot roast for dinner (which isn't included in the $20, we have a rule that if you let me know the meal you want before I go to the grocery store, I can include that in the grocery budget). He decided that we are going to have an "ice cream bar" and took special orders from everyone for what they want on their ice cream. It was cute, he had a pad of paper out as he "took orders." There was everything from magic shell sauce, strawberry sauce, Reese's cups, M&Ms, bananas, white chocolate chips... Good thing we're doing the Zumba workout first, lol!
How many of you do a family night? We had gotten the idea from our pastor years ago, and I think that it has really strengthened our family. It gives the kids something to look forward to each week, and I am sure that when they are older they will look back at the fun things we did on those nights. Our pastor said that even as teens, his kids made sure that they were there for family night, and would tell friends that they couldn't do something if it interfered with family night- that was their choice, not the parents telling them they had to. I'd encourage anyone with kids to incorporate a family night. If not once a week because of schedule differences, try every other week to start!