Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges
12. Families Forever
- Host a game night for your family each week. Drag out the old favorites like Clue, Monopoly and Dominoes. But don’t forget to look for new games. There are some fun new favorites waiting to be discovered. To qualify, the TV must be turned off. Do this for a minimum of eight game nights (two months).
- Take turns reading aloud to each other. If you have children old enough, let them have a turn.
- Start a journal record of how much time the TV is on in your house and record which shows your family watches. This should be done for every TV in the house for a week.
- At the end of the week, total up how much time was spent in front of the TV. Make a list of what else could have been accomplished during that time. Make a pact to reduce TV time by 20%. Also assess if the TV shows being watched are really the types of television that you want your family to be watching.
- Use the extra time to interact more with your children.
- If you don’t own a TV, come up with 10 new ideas on how to engage more social time as an entire family and then do them!
- Get your family outside and moving. Plan a family weekend in the outdoors. Some suggestions are hiking, fishing, camping, and boating.
- Find five new and unusual ways to spend time together that you have never done before. Some suggestions are to go to historic spots in your local area and learn about history together, go horseback riding as a family, go berry picking, or go on a whitewater rapids excursion.
January, 2008 Edition