7 Ways to Spend More Time With Family

This post has been sponsored by Huhtamaki, Inc. makers of the Chinet®

brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn

How many times have you heard from your parents, grandparents, and any other parent with kids grown and out of the house the following statement (or something similar), “they grow up so fast, cherish while they are young.” I know I’ve heard it hundreds of times. But, even in this day and age of a global pandemic, it can be hard to find time to be present with our kids with all of the things we have to get done.

Dishes, mow the lawn, laundry, fix the leaky pipe, make food, eat food, feed kids, sleep, work, pay bills, go to health appointments, grocery shopping, soccer games, school, clean poop, poop ourselves, and on and on…

With all of the things we need to do to keep a roof over our family’s head and make sure the children stay alive, it can be difficult to find quantity of time and quality time with our younglings. If you feel like it’s hard to have a good time with your kids, here are 7 ways to spend more time with family:

1. Eat Breakfast Together

This can be a tricky one because everybody has a different morning routine. Kids have school, mom or dad has work, the baby is up at 4 am and you’re not supposed to be up for another 2 hours. It’s tough but possible! Set your alarm so that everyone can be up around the same time to start the day together. It doesn’t have to be a huge breakfast or longer than 15 minutes, but starting the day off together is a great (and unique!) way to spend more time with family. Heck, if people are usually in a hurry, you can use Chinet® Classic WhiteTM plates for food on the go. They are great to toss out after use so you don’t have to worry about doing the dishes after breakfast as you focus on what’s important… Family time!

2. Plan a Weekly Family Night

Many times, we miss out on something simply because we don’t make time for it. When you clear out room on the calendar and write it down, it’s much more likely to happen! Growing up, we set aside Monday night as the time when we didn’t plan other activities so we could be together to play games, go on a family outing, or make a treat together. It’s a great time for a family movie night with some hot apple cider in a Chinet® Comfort Cup® insulated hot cup to keep your drink warm without burning your hands.

3. Plan a Yearly or Monthly trip