A Dozen Ways to Create Memorable Moments with Your Family

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Memory Book TagWith Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner (can you believe they’re almost already here?), I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about special family things we can do for the holidays this year.

Sometime the other day, however, I realized something—Polly, the boys, and I were all already at home together…why not think of something special to do right now?

So I started making a list of easy things that can turn into truly special experiences. Looking down at my list after five minutes or so, I came up with an idea: Ask all of my blog readers what their ideas are, so we’ll all have a really long list from which to draw ideas!

Below you will find the short list I made. Now, let me ask you…what are YOUR ideas for creating memorable family moments? Leave a comment and let everyone know! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  1. Go for an unexpected drive after the kids are already in their pajamas. (Remember how fun getting to ride somewhere in your pajamas was?)
  2. Cook dinner together. Everyone is in charge of making one dish!
  3. Gather in the living room and read something aloud to your family. Bonus points if it’s cold outside and you’ve got a fire going!
  4. Spend one whole day with each of your kids or your spouse. Do all the things they want to do. (Within reason, of course. You are allowed to veto skydiving.)
  5. “Camp out” in the yard or even inside the house. S’mores are encouraged, but not required.
  6. If you have kids who are young enough to have never pumped gas, but also old enough to handle doing it with a little bit of guidance, let them put gas in the car! This may not sound like something very “memorable,” but a lot of times duties that are arbitrary to us are extraordinary to young minds. Side note: you will probably still end up paying for the gas. Ha!
  7. Make a special dessert…and then eat it before dinner.
  8. Every once in a while—teachers, please don’t get too mad at me…I promise this doesn’t happen that often—stay up extra late with your kids to do something special on a school night. Watch your favorite childhood movie with them, take them to a ball game, stay up for a meteor shower, etc.
  9. The converse of #8, and one teachers may find a little friendlier, get up extra early and do something special before school! The boys and I recently went fishing before school and they had a blast. Convincing them to get up at 5 AM was well worth the effort!
  10. Bake something and walk it over with your whole family to a neighbor you’ve never met.
  11. Instead of playing a board game, make up your own game to play! (Surely this is how “Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Floor” was invented.)
  12. Do that one thing you’ve been meaning to do with your family. You know what it is. It’s what you’re thinking of right now. Seize this moment, and do it!
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