August is soon upon us and the Marysville Parenting Examiner would like to challenge families by setting aside one night a week that is devoted to family time. Why this particular challenge to parents to set aside one night a week for family time? Simple, August is the last month of summer vacation and the realization that the new school year is coming upon us. With that, Parents will face another year of juggling work, family, sports, clubs, and all other associated activities with the school year. The family calendar will become busier and therefore, devoting one night a week to where the family comes together and enjoy some time should become the main priority of parents.
Every Sunday, Marysville Parenting Examiner will publish an article on ideas and suggestions to implement a family night. These articles will include a simple agenda, topics to discuss, family friendly games, even ideas for service projects. In addition, there is also going to be forthcoming articles on ideas to perform a monthly family service project.
Why the focus on family night and service projects? In our community, family is the central core of an organization. Within this organization, children learn how to lead, understand, learn, grow, and become part of a vibrant and cohesive member of society. We also live in a very demanding and driven society where we are constantly on the go. Furthermore, with the advancement of technology, family has become further and further detached from one another and focused on the addiction toward these technologies. In a sense, families are being asked to go on a technology fast for that period.
Family service projects not only help the family become united, it also helps family’s influence their community and work with their neighbors. It teaches that families can work together and share in the vitality of their respective communities and neighborhoods. These projects can range from preparing a meal and taking it to an elderly neighbor, walking the neighborhood and cleaning up litter, helping a young family with household chores, or working with someone who is disabled and helping them out. Volunteer opportunities can also help bring the family closure together by working with organizations within the community in a way that will help teach children what true service means and how such service brings about selfless acts of service and appreciation to those who recognize the sacrifice some make to assist them.
Feel free to contact Marysville Parenting Examiner with your questions, topic ideas, suggestions, or even comments.