The hustle and bustle of the world around us often causes much stress, not only for the single mom but also for her children. Running here and there and everywhere, trying to get everything done when there seems to be so little time to do it all. It is important to take some downtime. To let go of stress.
In order to take a break, we must first free up time. This can be done in a number of ways, including:
- Grouping errands to be run before or after work one day, rather than running a separate errand each day.
- Making sure each family member is pulling their weight with household and outdoor tasks.
- Putting things away once they are no longer needed keeps things tidy, making cleaning easier.
Once time has been freed, there are many ways families can relax together. Fun activities that don’t take much effort are wonderful ways to spend quality time together. Getting to know more about each other and subtly teaching core values are what is important during this time, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
With this list to help you get started, you and your children will be able to come up with more ways to relax together.
- Spend an afternoon playing cards: Rummy, War, Go Fish, Canasta, and Cribbage are all good options. SkipBo and Uno are fun as well.
- A rainy day might be spent reading to each other. Or, read while your children color, put together a puzzle, or play with their paper dolls.
- Put together a scrapbook as a family project.
- Make cards for people you know.
- Have a picnic in the back yard.
- Spread out a blanket on the lawn. Watch the stars. Name them. Make up stories about life on other planets. Discuss what Utopia on another planet would be for your family.
- Spend an evening playing board games such as Monopoly, Life, or Chutes and Ladders.
- Have a movie marathon.
- Sit on the back porch, drinking homemade iced tea or lemonade, and talk about each persons hopes and dreams. What goals have each of you realized? What goals do you want to set for yourselves? Is there a family goal you could all work toward.
- Sit on the front porch watching the cars go by and the people out walking, making up stories about what their lives are like.
The point is to be able to relax and have a good time as a family, while enjoying your summer without overexerting yourselves. Building the relationship you have as a family.
It is fine if all of you are not there every single time. Two of you can have as much fun with these activities as the whole group could have, as long as you are making it a point to relax together with all your children sometimes.