Youth Alternatives: Spending time with family during the school year

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CHEYENNE, Wyo Now that Christmas break is over and we’re in the long haul waiting for summer, it can be easy to let schedules and work and school start to overtake our time with family.

It might be more difficult at this point in the year to keep up with it but that doesn’t make it any less important.

We still need to find ways to keep the relationship alive even in the midst of the school year. These are some strategies to help us do just that.

-Eat dinner together
Eating dinner together helps to refocus on our family and what’s important to us at the end of each day. It helps us to connect with what’s going on in each other’s lives. This might even be the only opportunity you get to sit down and actually have a conversation. Especially when this is the case, eating together on a regular basis is that much more important.

-Plan a time
This might sound obvious, but it’s something that is often overlooked. If we don’t schedule out specific time for things they more than likely won’t happen. You don’t even need to go anywhere if you don’t want to, stay at home and have a movie night or cook your family’s favorite meal together. If something is important enough to us we will find a time to make it happen.

-Make things fun
If you’re always focused on deadlines and the next thing on your to-do list you won’t be able to enjoy the moment and be with your family. So spice up all of the boring everyday tasks a little bit. Make it a race to see who can get to the car first or have your own singing contest while putting away the laundry. It doesn’t need to be anything big, just be spontaneous and let yourself have fun.