It's kind of becoming a tradition in my house, that on Friday's (when we have Ethan) we have 'Family Friday'. We put away the devices and spend quality time together. We have Ethan every other weekend and so on Friday's I typically pick him up around 4:30pm from his mom's house. We go to the grocery store where I give him a list and a budget. This is fun for him. He gets to learn about different ingredients and locates them in the grocery store. He then also has to check prices and aquantity and make the best decision for the budget. Mamas, this is like killing ten birds with one stone. First, I get to push Amelia in her stroller and focus on keeping her entertained and calm so she doesn't have a meltdown in the store. Second, Ethan gets to practice his reading and math skills. Third, he is developing life skills. Fourth, he is learning about budgeting and fiscal responsibility. The list of benefits to this activity for both you, your child and your little ones is endless!
When we get home the entire family cooks dinner together. Tonight we made a healthier version of my husbands favorite, lasagna. I'll put that recipe in the health tab for you guys. It's so yummy. I give Ethan the directions and he takes the lead. Ethan really likes to cook & bake. Let's just say that he love Food Network more than I do. He is familiar with ingredients, measurements and cooking techniques. Make sure when deciding on a recipe, that it is something your kids can help you with. Check out my recipe page for some awesome kid friendly recipes.
After dinner, we all cleaned up the kitchen together and set up our spot in the upstairs gameroom. We decided on a movie, made some popcorn and enjoyed the rest of our Friday Night together. Nights like these are kind of a lost art. I feel like life is so busy these days that we forget to slow it down and enjoy the moment. I have great memories from my childhood that (believe it or not) didn't include an electronic device. I know you other mamas know what I'm talking about. Family nights are good for the soul, and trust me... these are memories worth making. What's one of your family traditions?