It’s National Family Day! While I often get a good laugh out of some of these unofficial “holidays” (like National Lost Sock Day on May 9 … really?), when I read what National Family Day is supposed to be about, I had to admit that my own family is in desperate need of such a celebration. You’re basically just supposed to spend quality time together.

I’m not saying we experience NO quality time in my household, but I do feel like most days are a complete whirlwind from the second the kids wake up for school until the moment I fall exhausted into bed. And I know I am not alone in these feelings.

One thing I should point out, however, is that “family” doesn’t have to be restricted to solely your relatives. Some people consider their closest friends to be family, and that’s totally fine.

Once you know who you’ll be including in your celebration, you’ve got to figure out how you’ll get that precious quality time in. Here are some ideas.

Connect, one way or the other. Ideally it would be great if you could all hang out in person. But that’s not always possible — especially when the majority of us just realized this holiday was today — so put technology to use for you. From a phone call to online multi‐player games to a video conference, there are many ways to get everyone “together.”

Make time for playtime. Whenever I’m able to get my family to sit down and play a game together, I wonder why we don’t do it more often. Yeah, maybe my 4‐year‐old doesn’t totally understand the rules of Clue just yet, and sure, my 7‐year‐old might get a little frustrated when he didn’t anticipate one of our moves in Connect Four, but on the whole we always have a great time and I walk away feeling like we actually bonded as a family.

Make a wish. At my kids’ school, the teachers do this thing at the beginning of the year where they have parents write out a wish for their child — for what they’ll learn or accomplish, or for how much fun they’ll have or how many new friends they’ll make. I love this concept, and think it can be applied to whole families. It’s as simple as gathering everyone together and writing wishes for each other on slips of paper. For young ones who can’t write yet, someone else can transcribe their thoughts for them. It’s a surefire way to create some warm and fuzzy feelings and end the day on a hopeful note.

Press play. I’m biased, but I think watching movies together is an excellent way to spend some quality time with your family as well. But I’m not talking about a scenario where everyone is only partially paying attention and half the people are on their phones. I’m talking about actually picking a movie together, experiencing it together and talking about it afterward. Ask questions like “What was your favorite part?” or “Who was your favorite character?” or “What would YOU have done if you were that character?” or “If you wrote this movie, what part would you have changed?” You’ll be amazed at the different responses, reactions and emotions in the room, and you’ll learn something about each other.No matter how you choose to celebrate, here’s to a great time with your family!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, here’s to a great time with your family!

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