Here is a technique that works not only for families, but has been used successfully in classrooms as well as on TV shows.
Every day, Monday through Friday, is designated by a specific theme or focus for that day. Each family member has an opportunity to actively participate by simply contributing to each theme.
By focusing on a particular theme, this provides a wonderful opportunity for families to openly communicate with each other, while sharing the events of their day in a fun and non-threatening way.
Here are just a few examples:
Monday, can be called “Marvelous Monday”. Family members share a marvelous event or experience that happened today. This one word helps everyone focus on the positives for that day.
Tuesday, can be called, “Talent Tuesday”. A special talent or skill can be shared that has been recently learned or discovered while at home, school, or at work.
Wednesday, can be called, “Wishful Wednesday”. Family members express and share, their wishes, dreams, or goals.
Thursday, is “Thoughtful Thursday”. Everyone is requested to do or say something thoughtful to another person.
Friday, is of course, “Fun Friday”. Families make plans together for a family fun weekend.
These are just a few ways families can increase communication while building memories.
And as always, please feel free to share your own family fun ideas.