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Family Time Challenge

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It can be a challenge to get 30 minutes worth of quality uninterrupted family time per week, let alone, per day. We are all so busy that it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily life. Between work, school, activities, friends, events, and relatives, it always seems like something comes up, and it’s often at the expense of good old-fashioned family time. This challenge is about carving out time to talk, listen, share, and bond as a family, every single day.

THE RULES

For the next 30 days, reserve a block of time, approximately 30 minutes each day, to connect with your family. You can choose to do the same thing every day (like family dinners), pick from the list of ideas below, or do something entirely of your own choosing. 

30 FAMILY BONDING IDEAS

1.Eat dinner as a family.

2.Cook dinner together.

3.Have a technology-free night (that includes television).

4. Go for a hike.

5. Plan a picnic.

6. Go bowling or play mini golf.

7.Play a board game.

8.Play 20 questions or charades.

9.Play a card game.

10.Read a book out loud.

11.Work on a jigsaw puzzle.

12.Play “two truths and a lie.”

13.Look at old family photos or watch old family videos.

14.Take an after-dinner walk.

15.Do a volunteer project together.

16.Build a family garden.

17.Learn a new skill together.

18.Go to church or spend time in prayer together.

19. Have a nighttime routine (chores, reading, meditation).

20.Build something (airplane models, Legos).

21.Make a family scrapbook.

22.Make conversation cards to spice up mealtime conversations.

23.Have a dance party.

24.Be tourists in your own city.

25.Do a household project together.

26.Plan a trip or vacation.

27.Play video games.

28. Make paper airplanes and see which one flies the farthest.

29. Create recipes and a meal plan for the week.

30. Watch funny videos on YouTube.

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RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS
  1. WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW OFTEN – list the details of the challenge on the Accountability Tracker.
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2. DOCUMENT IT ON THE CHALLENGE CALENDAR:

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3. THE REWARD – don’t forget to document your reward on the accountability tracker! How will you reward yourself? Do you respond better to milestone rewards or are you holding out for the big daddy upon completion?  What will it be? What motivates you?  

4. KEEP TRUDGING FORWARD – don’t give up.  If you fall off the wagon,  keep moving forward! Ask for help. That’s what family and friends are for!

5. REFLECTION – reflect on the challenge – what went well, and what could be better. Learn from this and use this to improve on yourself and your future challenges!

What’s your Challenge? Get started today!

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