Let's face it.
We all need to get out of our houses now and then. If we're not careful, weeks can slip by and we don't seize the weekends and use them for family fun. Our family has chosen to do what we call "Saturday Adventures." It's tempting for me to want to do a zillion house projects or make lists that superman couldn't even complete in a weekend. Sooo yeah. It's good for me to go AWAY from my home on weekends :) The Saturday adventure combats my tendency to work too hard and never play!
Even a simple drive can do wonders for your family! Hop in your car, take some snacks or even a light meal to have a picnic lunch somewhere. Keep a big thick blanket in your car and some old towels & baby wipes for wiping down dirty hands or feet when you're done adventuring. Sing old-fashioned songs (like Old MacDonald, etc) play car games, and don't be on your phones - you or your kids! That's the rule :)
Drive to a park, the ocean, the mountains, a field, a cool waterfall, a woodland trail, a lake, a pond, the zoo, an aquarium...whatever you fancy! And just BE together. (Let's go ahead and say it's wise to leave your phones in the car or at home, unless you promise to only take a few pics to remember your day together!)
Here are some more ideas: play catch, learn a new sport (tennis, skiing, badminton, croquet), go for a walk, ride bikes, have a picnic lunch/dinner, sit and stargaze, go camping, go fishing, skip rocks on the lake, build a fort, climb a tree, run barefoot in the sand/grass... just think back to your own childhood. Chances are your most vivid, favorite memories involved doing something OUTSIDE.
Resist the temptation to let children be on devices all day long. Resist! Countless studies have shown us over and over again that children thrive outside and being bored is actually a GOOD thing - it helps us all be more creative! Our minds need a break and a rest from all the stimulation that screens bring us.
So plan your next Saturday Adventure and let me know what you did! Use the hashtag "#saturdayadventure."
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain