How to Create Family Memories with a Crazy Schedule
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Did you know it is important to create family memories with your kids? Perhaps you didn’t realize this is the key to obedience. If you have a deep relationship with your child, he will be less likely to stray from your family values because of the trust you have built over time together.
The problem is most of us have a crazy schedule. We are too busy with work, sports, school, and even church to make any real family memories. What is discouraging is the time you do have together is mostly spent in the car, eating, or watching something with a screen.
What if I told you there is a way to multiply your time and create family memories that are meaningful despite all the distractions?
Making time for family is nothing more than adjusting your schedule and changing a few family habits. Family habits can slowly be added over time by being smart with the time you do have together.
In fact, it will become effortless once you do it for a period of time. Your kids may even remind you when you don’t do it!
In this post, I am going to give you some suggestions to create family memories even though you have a crazy schedule. And, by the way, it works because I did it with my family!
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Who’s In Charge? Not Me!
There was a time in my life when I felt completely out of control with my kids. I felt like they ran the house, not me.
At the end of my day, I would find myself frustrated (more like exasperated) because we had been to a lot of places but hadn’t really done anything worthwhile. My children had watched too much TV/screen time, they were constantly fighting, and they weren’t even grateful for the fun stuff we did together. Sound familiar?
They were in control, not me. Yikes!
As a teacher, I knew better than to let things go crazy. I never ran my classroom this way, so why was I running my home this way?
I was not using my time wisely. Duh! I knew I didn’t want to act like a teacher at home, but I needed a plan each day to accomplish my goals.
After much reflection, I decided to change some of our family habits. And, wouldn’t you know it, things got better immediately. Guess what? You can do the same thing as me. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a teacher to do them. It’s easy.
The first thing you need to do is set goals. This is not hard.
It is a matter of sitting down and deciding what you want your family to look and act like years from now. I started by looking at how my kids were behaving now, and how I wanted them to behave.
I didn’t want to be oppressive, but I needed to get some structure and direction. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
Kids don’t just come out as good citizens and godly people. There is a lot of thought that goes into the process.
The goal was to have fun and, at the same time, develop character, learn new skills, create family memories, and give back to others. It all seemed overwhelming at first, but I knew if I changed a few habits slowly I could make things happen without too much pushback.
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Make a Flexible Schedule
Next, I created a very flexible schedule for my kids that included things like sports/lessons, art, reading time, and character building. Then I wrapped it in a fun package that included kid fun, family fun, and other-centered fun.
Over time, I saw some amazing things happen to my family.
In fact, my son and daughter started to get along, develop character, and learn new skills. Most of all, we bonded as a family.
Suddenly, I realized this was the way to create family memories that last a lifetime. And it all started with a better schedule and a few goals.
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Best Thing Ever
I can honestly say doing this was the best thing I ever did for my family. Both of my kids are now adults. We are still very close to each other even though they are both in different cities at the moment.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not promising a perfect family. You will still have issues to work through together. But having a deep connection before the problems start (teen years) will help you have something to fall back on when you need it most. Those positive family memories will help keep your relationships intact through the storms.
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Believe me, when you have a teen, there will be storms. This is when it is most important to keep doing things as a family. And don’t let them talk you out of spending time together because they will try.
One of my kids wanted to watch TV during dinner instead of sitting at the table. We didn’t go for it.
You can start this plan no matter the age of your children, although it is easier to start when they are younger. You will have less pushback.
It is hard to change some family habits when kids are older. Don’t let that scare you. You will see it is the best thing you ever did as a parent.
How to Create Family Memories-Book
So how do you create family memories in more detail? Perhaps you don’t even know where to start. This is why I wrote a book. It is called Creating Family Memories: How to Make Family Time with a Crazy Schedule. (You can click this link to order it.)
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It is a short book that can be read in about 3-4 hours. It is designed for busy parents who don’t have a lot of time to read a bunch of fluff. This book explains in detail what I did so you can do the same thing.
It gives the three levels of fun. Kid fun, family fun, and other-centered fun. The book shows how important it is to move past kid fun and move into higher levels of fun as a family.
This is where you get into real bonding, and you learn to create family memories.
From there, I give you several examples of what it looks like in action. Then I give a detailed schedule that can be adjusted to your child’s age.
It doesn’t matter if you work full-time or you are a stay at home mom. Once you understand the concepts and create your goals, you can make your own family schedule.
We take the time to plan our education, careers, vacations, and our day at work, but somehow we forget to plan our time as a family.
With no plans, bad habits can slip into place easily. Before you know it, those bad habits become who you are as a family.
Habits are everything. They can be good or bad habits. Either way, they determine who you are and where you are going in life.
This is your chance to stop an avalanche before it is too late. I pray you will think about who you are as a family, and how you want your kids to act 10 or 15 years from now.
What you do now will determine who they will be later in life. Create family memories and become a strong family. You will not regret it.
What do you do to create family memories?
Book on Family Estrangement from a Christian Point of View
Are you experiencing family problems? Perhaps you and a loved one are no longer speaking to each other. Don’t go another day without reading this book. It addresses family problems and estrangement from a biblical point of view. Estranged: Finding Hope When Your Family Falls Apart is on Amazon or at your favorite digital store.
Get Creating Family Memories for FREE in exchange for your email. If you get this book, it will help you build a good relationship with your kids so that when the hard times come (teen years), you will be able to weather the storm.
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Continue the conversation on Facebook and join the group Christian Parenting and Family. This is a place for moms with preschool age kids or older to talk about their struggles with parenting, family life, education, or marriage. You will find biblically based advise from other moms who want to raise godly kids.
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