Friday, May 4, 2012

TGIF! {Link Up}




TGIF






Welcome to my link up -- Thank God It's {Family Fun}  Friday !!

I want to encourage you to create memories, build family traditions, and have fun with your family!  Because children grow up faster than you think possible . . . 

Many families look forward to having a Family Fun Night on Fridays.  Is this something your family does?  Tell us about it!  What are your favorite Friday night activities?  Do you plan special activities on weekends?  What do you do for Fun with your family??  How do you create memories?  Please share any of the above by leaving a comment or linking up your blog!


Spending Time with Individual Children

One of the criticisms of large families is that it is impossible for the parents to spend enough quality time with each individual child.  From what I've observed, many large families tend to do a better job of spending time with individual children than some smaller families.  That may be because they make a concentrated effort.  Or, it may be because of lifestyle choices.  Most of the large families that I've met through the years have chosen a homeschooling lifestyle, which naturally lends itself to spending more time together.

One way that we have spent time with our children as individuals is to encourage one or two of the children to accompany Mom or Dad when we run errands.  Many times these simple mundane trips around town encourage deep discussions and tie heart strings.

My husband and I have also taken individual children out to lunch or dinner by themselves at various times just to spend special time together.  Although this tradition seems to have fallen by the wayside, for many years my husband took the birthday boy or girl out to dinner by him or herself, so the birthday child could spend a special time with Daddy.

Another really neat thing my husband has done is to take one son at a time with him when he has had business trips in various interesting places around the country.  Many times conferences are in big cities with interesting attractions nearby.  He has chosen who to invite based on their age and their interests.  Many years ago, he took Taylor with him on a trip to Texas, where Taylor relished his visit to the capital and the Alamo.  I think Taylor may have also gone with him to Minneapolis, where they enjoyed a Twins game.  Alan took Joe on a trip to San Diego, where they absolutely loved a fun day at Sea World.  Josh went with him to Arizona and was the first in our family to get to see the Grand Canyon. He also got to cross the border into Mexico.

Ironically, every time Alan has invited Chris or Luke on a trip, the trip has been unavoidably cancelled.  :(  They suffered disappointments over two cancelled trips to Washington, DC and one trip to Montreal.  They were very mature about it -- but began to wonder if they would ever get a trip with their Dad!  So, a couple weeks ago, Alan took them on a special trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans.  They are enamored with reading and studying about WWII, so it was a dream come true for them!  I think all three of them enjoyed it immensely!!


Your Turn to Share
Link up to my blog and join the fun!  :)  You can link up any past or present blog post that shares ways to create memories, build family traditions, or have fun as a family!  Just be sure to link back to my blog or add my blog button to your post! 


TGIF














1 comment:

Lindsay Harold said...

I linked up a post I wrote recently on special lullabies I sing to my baby. The first two were ones my mom wrote and the last one I wrote when I was pregnant. I think it's good to have family traditions and special things that we pass along. One of those things for us is lullabies. I'm sure we'll have many more traditions in years to come as our little one gets older.

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