How to Plan The Perfect Family Night In

Family nights are one of the best ways to help you curb the lockdown boredom. But anyone who has kids understands that getting everyone together to enjoy a Friday night together is easier said than done. This is why you need to know how to plan a family night that will go down in history as the best ever, so here are four ways to do that. 

Take It In Turns to Choose 

No one likes or wants to be the family night dictator that chooses what everybody does every week. This is a straightforward way to make your family dread the coming Friday before it has even begun. Instead, you can let everyone take it in turns to choose what they want to do. They might decide to watch a movie, play video games, or get everyone around the dinner table for a board game night. Some kids might even prefer baking to anything else, which gives you something for dessert once you’ve finished tour pizza. 

Offer Some Variety 

Variety is the spice of life, and this is no more crucial than when you’re stuck inside with nothing to do. If your kids aren’t old enough to make decisions (or you flat-out don’t trust them to pick something sensible), you can create an illusion of choice by offering a variety of things to do. For older kids, you might want to introduce them to tabletop RPGs, and if so, you should try SkullSplitter Dice to make them even more interested in the game. You never know, this could be the beginning of an exciting Dungeons & Dragons campaign for the whole family. 

Don’t Force It 

Sometimes, everyone might feel too exhausted to do things, or they might have other stuff to do such as schoolwork or ready-made plans with their friends. If so, you mustn’t force everyone into the family night no matter how much you want to do it. No one will be in the mood and this can make them wary of other nights in the future. So, if people don’t seem into it, don’t be afraid to take a week off. 

Tidy Up Together 

Ordering pizza, baking cakes, and munching on snacks all night is all well and good, but it isn’t any fun for the person who needs to clean and tidy up after everyone. As everyone has been involved in the family night, you should make sure that everyone pulls their weight and cleans up after themselves. Assign jobs to each other such as wiping down the surfaces or vacuuming crumbs from the sofa or floor before going to bed. Not only is this fair, but it also means you can wake up to a clean, tidy house tomorrow morning. 

Family Fun 

These family nights are a fantastic way to create memories and bond with each other. It gives the kids a chance to feel like they’re more adult, staying up later than usual, and it allows the parents to treat their kids like buddies, rather than children. Not every night will be a hit, of course, but with proper planning, you can expect it to be a success more often than not. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Children’s Books – I am a Fox

It has been a while since I have posted any books that I have illustrated. I got to say that I have definitely been busy creating some amazing illustrations based on some awesome stories!

This is one of the newest children’s books I have illustrated. I am a fox by Loren Ouellette. It is a cute little short story about the day in the life of a little fox. Check it out on Amazon and Kindle today!

Happy New Year!

We made it to 2021! I am sure many thought that was never going to happen. Good thing the clock didn’t just keep on ticking into 2020 and it did as it does every December 31st. Now the hard work of 2021 begins. It’s going to take a lot for everyone to do their part so that we as a planet can get back to what can possibly be considered a normal timeline.

So what is in store for me here at St. Louis Dad? Well, I heard a rumor that if you want something to happen writing down your goals helps create a vision in your mind of how you want to be in the future. You can visually see the goal and understand the difference it will make in your life. With something clearly in focus it creates change in how we act as we have clarity and direction.

Therefore here are my goals for 2021.

Write and sharing more. I need to get these thoughts out of my head, and I figure the best way to do that is by writing.

Exercise! 2020 messed up my routine of going to the gym, and while I have not had a soda in 188 days, my body really hasn’t dropped the weight from when I was pounding down 60 ounces of Mountain Dew a day.

Hiking and camping. Our little family had a blast on all of our hikes and camping trips over the last few years. Making more memories like these are exactly the kinds of goals I want for 2021.

I am sure there are more goals that will pop up through-out the year but for now, I think it’s best to stick with just a couple goals to start with. I don’t want to over commit myself and then not do anything. That would be just silly.

So here’s to 2021. I wish for everyone to have a safe and healthy year. Be smart and be kind.

Curbing The Lockdown Boredom

Lockdown is boring. All of those weeks you thought that sitting around at home would be way better than going to work proved to be incorrect. Working from home was something to daydream about, but the thing is that it’s all fun to daydream about until you have no choice but to work from home. The key word here is “choice” – we are all in lockdowns for the best for the world, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be happy about it. It can become very boring very quickly but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways that you can entertain yourself.

We are looking out for one another and the right thing to do is to stay inside. So, from reading about Online Casino Industry Trends in 2021 and becoming a dab-hand at poker, to starting a newfound love of knitting, you can make sure that COVID-19 does not take your creativity from you. So, you need to figure out how to dispel the boredom and we’ve got a few tips for curbing it during this time!

Ingredients On Table

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  • Get fit. Spending the time during lockdown working on you is important. Not only will you be able to focus on exercise, you can work on your food. You could even expand this by learning how to cook and learning how to batch cook meals. All you need is ingredients and freezer space, and great videos on YouTube. Getting fit gives you a chance to work on your health and you feel rewarded afterwards
  • Virtual games. The world of the internet is a huge one, and you have online gaming sites, online casinos and pub quizzes available to play online. There are plenty of websites out there that you can join for free, and you can even get together with your friends to do a Zoom pub quiz as a group! If you love gaming online, you can use consoles and online board games, too. These will enable you to make new friends, and you can play everything from chess to Cards Against Humanity! It’s brilliant fun and it gives you a break from the four walls of your home!
  • Baking. We talked about learning to cook, but have you considered learning to bake? Whether it’s perfecting pastries or curating cupcakes with a range of flavors. You can pass the time with baking, and you could give your bakes to your neighbors and family with doorstep drop offs. Not only does baking give you a new lease on life, you geet to put out your creativity and evolve a new hobby. You never know, you could end up making an income off of this.
  • Catch up on reading. That stack of books you bought for your Kindle? They need to be paid some attention! The world is on pause right about now, and that means that you have the time right now to get through them. There’s something incredibly therapeutic about reading and you can do so much of it when you’re stuck in lockdown!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.