There are a lot of good reasons to have family meals, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the school year that just isn’t a possibility. Especially for families with single parents or two working parents, it can be hard to get everyone around the table on a regular basis. If your family is too busy for dinner together on a regular basis, there are still lots of ways you can spend time together! Here are a few ideas for family activities to try when you’re too busy for dinner together.
Run errands together.
You have to run errands anyway, so why not make the most of it! Try taking your kids with you to fill up your gas tank, pick up groceries, or do laundry, and keep the conversation going in the car. When you are intentional about investing in family relationships, even mundane tasks can become fun! Consider turning the errand into a quick lesson in subjects like math, having your child practice counting or price comparing in the store. If you have time after getting what you need, consider getting a quick treat with your child like ice cream or going to the park!
Wind down together.
At the end of the day, turning off devices about an hour before bed is ideal for getting the best sleep. Even if you don’t have an hour, a little bit of tech-free time together can go along way! Little ones may love dance parties while brushing their teeth as a time to bond, while older kids may enjoy board games or puzzles. When the weather is warmer, this is a great time to get outside and go for a family walk! Other great options can include reading together, having a small evening snack or cup of tea together, or simply sitting together and talking about your days.
Play quick games together.
You may not have the time for a full family dinner or game night, but what about a quick Mad Lib? Try gathering a few games that can be done quickly, whenever there are a few spare moments, and you’ll be surprised how quickly those little moments add up! Some other great options are apps like Heads Up that have quick, customizable rounds and games that don’t require any equipment such as I Spy.
These small moments matter, and the more you practice them the easier it will be to make time for these quick family activities. Which are you most excited to try?