Every family has their own combination of activities and lifestyle that makes their family unique.
That is one of the things that I love about “family,” they leave their own imprint on the world.
My family is no different.
We have our individual likes and dislikes, which can be a challenge when it comes to bringing everyone together. That coupled with our already busy schedules, can make spending family-time a complicated venture.
Today’s post is meant to share some of the things that we do together that help us stay connected throughout the week. I try to keep these things on the schedule no matter what, and it is rare that we skip them. However, there are times when keeping up with something on the list is unavoidable. And that is okay. As homemakers, I think that our biggest stressor is trying to be perfect when perfection is not the goal, but that’s another post …ha!
Some of the items on my list not only keep our family connected and happy, but they also help me in my homemaking journey. I’ll explain what I mean by that a little further later in this post but for now, let’s get to the list …shall we?!
7 Weekly Family Traditions That Keep My Family Connected and Happy
1. Sunday Brunch. Getting the family out of the door for church on Sunday’s can sometimes seem more like a romp through the jungles of Jumanji. Often there’s not enough time for the picturesque, laughter-filled moments around the table with a feast of breakfast delights taking center stage. But that is no reason to forfeit such a memorable tradition. I’ve simply moved the time back and slapped a fancy title on it and wha-la …Sunday brunch was born. It’s become a great family tradition that my family looks forward to each and every week!
2. Weekly Bible Study. I happen to be one of those people who LOVE bible study. I enjoy learning about the Word of God in groups, with my family and privately. On Wednesday’s my family attends bible study and then we discuss what we’ve learned. It’s always interesting to hear the children’s point of view when our studies overlap on the same topic.
Wednesday is also our leftover day. I’ve discussed this tradition before and include it as one of those things that help me in my homemaking. I’m able to focus on getting us prepared for bible study without having to fuss over dinner. Having a weekly leftover day also helps me to keep the fridge clear of leftovers (obviously) and keeps my grocery bill manageable. It’s a win-win all around!
On Saturday’s we have our own family bible study at home. We gather around the dining room table with our bibles and study book by book, chapter by chapter. This provides us with a thorough learning experience and time to discuss the Bible together, as well as an opportunity to answer questions for the children. It also provides my husband the opportunity to lead us spiritually, so that our children have a grasp on the important concept of headship.
3. Family Fun Friday’s. This is our evening to let our hair down and have some fun together as a family. You can read more about this anticipated weekly tradition here and get some ideas for activities to do for your own Family Fun Night, if needed.
4. Dinner @ the Table. I remember a time when we would all get our food and head straight into the family room to plop down in front of the television to eat our food. I remember feeling discontent with how disconnected we had gotten. Back then, we had a small kitchen-style table and I guess I thought it wasn’t grand enough for dinner meals.
Unfortunately, we went on having our dinner meals in front of the television until I purchased (what I considered) a “nice” expansive dinner table.
Looking back, I would definitely tell my younger self that it’s not about what you have but what you do with what you have. Lesson learned.
Now we eat just about every dinner meal at the table and without the television on. I can’t even tell you how BIG of a difference it has made in my family’s connectivity. Almost instantly folks began talking to each other and laughing. Some of our best conversations happen there. Around the dinner table is truly where the magic happens. I only wish that I’d made the effort earlier in my homemaking journey.
5. YOYO Day (Saturday’s). I absolutely adore YOYO Day! It’s my weekly “off” day, my Sabbath. This is another one of those weekly traditions that keep my family connected but also helps me with my homemaking. It allows me to spend quality time with my husband and children and to spend more time in God’s Word.
YOYO stands for You’re Own Your Own. Don’t you just love the title! My children are older and so it’s easier for me to pull this off. My youngest is eight years old now, but I’ve been doing this for a little while and I can see ways to adjust this concept for families with somewhat younger children. I’ve written an entire post on it so go ahead and give it a read.
6. Morning Prayer. This is a great tradition, especially when your family members are engaged in work or school outside of the home. Every morning before everyone leaves to go about their day, we gather to pray.
We like to gather in our kitchen because this seems to be the last stop before everyone is heading out. Folks are grabbing coffee and breakfast bars and checking their agenda’s for the day. In all of that busy-ness, we like to slow down and take a minute to give thanks to God.
We thank Him for providing us with another opportunity to love and get to know one another. For providing us with the tools we need to be productive for the day. We ask Him to bless our activities and help us to be blessings to others that we encounter. And of course to keep us safe as we travel to our destinations and home again when our day is done. We also use this time to pray for anyone that is in needs of prayer.
I love this family tradition because it keeps God’s purpose for our lives in the forefronts of our minds. I think it’s proven to be especially beneficial for our teen. It’s easy for them to get caught up in this notion of “self” and begin to lean on their own understanding, instead of God’s.
7. Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Day. We began this Saturday tradition about a year ago. It seems that it was developed out of necessity, but we have grown to love this exclusive time together. You can find all of the details here. I do want to point out quickly that the above mentioned YOYO Day makes this tradition feasible and manageable.
Also, I would like to share that I have found this tradition to be unnecessary during the summer months, as the children are home with me most of the time.
Wrapping Things Up
Well, there you have it …seven weekly family traditions that help to keep my family connected and happy. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m completely obsessed with family life! So don’t be shy …what are some of your traditions that keep your family connected and happy? I’d LOVE to hear all about them!
Blessings, and Happy Homemaking!