Create a New Rhythm.
We are weeks away, and for some just days away, from the end of summer, but fun family gatherings don't have to end just because you've entered a new season. At the start of each school year, our family would pick one new and different activity to gather around on a regular basis.
As your children get older and have their own activities, family gatherings become more challenging. However, you will find it worth the effort if you can create the space to make it happen. A few ideas are:
- Play golf together once a week.
- Get season tickets to a local symphony once a quarter.
- Go to your local high school football or basketball games and cheer the teams on!
- Host another family once a month for dinner.
- Serve together at a local shelter or visit an elderly shut-in on a regular basis.
Once your family chooses the activity, get it on the calendar and give it a name. For example, one year our fun activity was cooking dinner together once a week. We planned the meal together and cooked together. We called it convivium, which means feast. We still love gathering for convivium.
For some families, even adding one more “extra” is too much. I have a friend who had 4 boys in sports every season of the year. This family made their special family time after church over Sunday lunch.
Whatever the activity, be intentional to create meaningful conversations, and be intentional for ways to connect “emotional attachments and loving bonds” with your children.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
What are some ways you can create a “new” rhythm this fall that fits your family?
As you consider what works for you and your family, remember that the investment builds a meaningful history that is unique, powerful, lasting and rich. It connects you as a parent to your child, and unites each other as a family.