Ways To Slow Down and Connect More As A Family

Ways to connect as family

As my kids are getting older this topic has been on my mind a lot. We are starting to get into sports and swimming. My husband and I have our own activities and commitments. Pretty soon another week has gone by and we are just getting things done. Can you relate?


We started out the summer with a camping trip. We love taking a short trip at the end of the school year to de-stress and start the summer off with a bang. Palo-Duro-Canyon2

Technology Free Night

Pretty obvious but harder than you think. We participated in Screen Free Week this year and it was surprisingly easy during the day but hard in the evenings. By the end of the day we are all tired and enjoy sitting in front of the TV doing nothing. We had to really work to get up and active but there were nights we had a lot of fun together and it was totally worth it.

Individual date nights with kids.

We love doing this. It makes the kids feel so special. Even if we don’t have a lot of time we will take turns bring the kids along for running errands or take a walk to the park.

Game nights with a new game.

There are plenty of inexpensive games that are tons of fun. My son received Operation for Christmas. We jump every time the buzzer goes off and my son laughs his head off. Playing games also gives you a chance to help your kids learn to deal with disappointment and loosing. If your kids get angry easily, playing games is a way they can practice not overreacting or calming down.

Skip sports when you can.

I realize that this gets harder as the kids get older so take advantage while they are young. If you are worried about your kids getting enough physical activity, try taking them for a walk or playing a sport together.


This one is my favorite. Getting outdoors is the easiest way to slow down and focus on your kids. Plus there are a ton of free options. Palo-Duro-Kids

Your turn, what are your favorite ways to slow down and reconnect as a family?


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Mae Kiggins
There are not many places that I would rather be than outdoors. I grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies. In college I studied natural resources and worked as a park ranger, research assistant and policy intern. Now-a-days my adventures include my two children, 4 and 1, and husband. When my son was asked what he was thankful for he said camping. In the spring of 2014 I will begin the new adventure of teaching environmental studies at the college level.
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