Here are five great things you can do together as a family.
Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, “The family that prays together, stays together” and I believe that this is backed up by evidence. Families that consistently pray together are families that stay together longer than families that don’t pray together, showing the vital importance of prayer. Don’t let the children talk you out of this as being “boring.” Tell them that this keeps families together longer and makes them stronger. That’s one of the most important things that a family can do together, and along with Bible reading. These two outrank everything else that a family should be doing.
How about making a big bowl of popcorn and sitting down to watch a good movie? I realize that it’s hard to find good family movies anymore, but believe me, they’re out there. There are dozens of family movies that you can all sit down and watch together. This is also a great tool to be able to use these movies to teach values and morals to your family. Besides that, it’s a great way for a family to bond.
Head for the Park
Why not take the family to the park for some fun. I loved playing on the playground at school and your children naturally will love going to the park and spending time on the swings, the teeter tooter, climbing bars, and more. If it gets too cold, join the Y and grab your swimsuit. Swimming together is a great family experience.
A few years ago when I volunteered to serve at a homeless shelter, I asked a few of my friends to come along, since my children are all grown, so why not have your children participate in some of the local charity events or to raise money for the Salvation Army or serve in a soup kitchen? At first, they might be reluctant, but when I walked out of that homeless shelter after serving the poor and homeless, there was such lightness around my heart, I almost floated to my car after we were done. You can also visit those in local nursing homes and describe to the children that this is what God calls “pure religion” (James 1:27).
The last family activity is also one of the most important (along with prayer), and that is to have a daily Bible reading session. Why not go through 1st or 2nd Kings and read some of the adventures that happened to Israel? Read about Gideon in the Book of Judges or David and Goliath in 1st Samuel? These true-life stories are so powerful that they instill in the children’s minds that obedience always leads to blessings and disobedience to curses. Parents are commanded to remind our children of all of the great things that God has done, first and foremost, sending His Son to redeem those who have trusted in Him.
The more things you do together as a family, the close your family will be and that’s what we should all be striving for. Make sure you pray with them, read the Bible with them, watch a movie with them, have some fun at the park with them, and serve others with them. God commands parents that “these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut 6:6-7).