Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Night Fun

We've discovered that as our girls get older and have their own social agenda, it is sometimes difficult to get good quality time together. Scheduling a date with them seems to work well. Tonight we have a Family Date Night (FDN) on the calendar.

It's been a while since our last FDN so I think everyone is looking forward to this evening. The rules are simple -- family only.

We've done a variety of activities for FDN from movie rentals, going out for dinner, playing cards or games, taking a hike, miniature golf, going to the movies, etc. It doesn't always involve going out, sometimes it's just a quiet evening at home.

Tonight we are going out. There's a new place in town called Time Out Corner which offers miniature golf and an arcade.

My favorite thing about FDN is that we interact with each other. I hate to admit it but as the girls have gotten older and schedules fill up, sometimes I feel like we're just going through the motions.

Has your family struggled with this too? What do you do to connect with each other again?


amanda said...

Oh, how great! What a wonderful idea! Hope you guys have a wonderful evening!

Anonymous said...

this is such a good idea it helps us to get out of the house to have this time together. When I am home I get pulled into doing other things.

have a good time! I'm doing laundry.

Anonymous said...

I remember sometimes feeling like I was just "going through the motions" with my family growing up. But it didn't matter, it still stuck with me and I felt loved.

Shelley said...

You are so right, as they get older kids manage to spend a great deal of time with friends instead of being home. My kids are both out of the house now, but promise to keep up traditions. My daughter and I do the Shakespeare festival every year and my son and I always do something fun for his birthday in the summer. I found it was easier to find something they were passionate about to base the tradition on.