Each of us has our own idea of a good rest on weekends and holidays. For some, it is to break into unknown countries, for someone to lie in bed all day, with pizza and movies. And there are those for whom the most wonderful vacation is to spend the evening with the family at home. And on the eve of the New Year, this is especially true.
Why is it important?
The modern family does not spend much time together. Even being in the same room, all family members are usually separated and busy with their own business. Parents do not know what excites and interests their children, children have no idea what their parents do and feel.
Joint leisure allows you to spend quality and interesting evenings at home, without letting you get lost in the hustle and bustle of routine activities. This brings together, creates a warm, trusting microclimate in the family and allows all family members to become closer to each other.
Unfortunately, our ideas about joint rest do not always coincide with reality. Many simply do not know how to spend the evening at home! Instead of spending time with interest and pleasure, enjoying each other's company, we waste time on empty actions and conversations, get annoyed or fool around with nonsense.
How interesting is it to spend the evening?
We offer you 5 best ideas on how to spend an evening at home sincerely and interestingly.
1. Pages of memory
Surely everyone has childhood memories that are especially dear to him. Share them with your loved ones! Tell us how, in childhood, they chased the cat from the attic, or were afraid of the neighbor's dog, or ran around the abandoned wasteland, where mom strictly forbade walking. Which friend did you value the most and what was your favorite song when you were in kindergarten? Who was your first teacher, and what delicious pancakes did your old great-grandmother Lucy bake.
Such spiritual memories are especially important in families with children under 8 years old, since it is at this age that it is important for parents from "celestials" to become ordinary people, with their own likes, passions and secrets. This will allow the child's psyche to move to a new level of attachment, strengthening intra-family ties. And parents, remembering their childhood, will again briefly become carefree, like children.
For older children, another sense of belonging to the family will be useful. Recently, genealogy or the study of one's roots, one's origins has become a very popular direction. Many people work with metrics and archives to learn about the life of their family 50-70 and even 100 years ago. Get out your old photographs and try to compose and sketch your family tree.
2. Board games
Another great way to spend time at home in the evening is board games. It can be both classic, like chess or dominoes, and modern, with cards, chips and dice, designed for 3-6 participants.
Joint games help to get to know each other better, learn to trust and anticipate the reaction of another person. Many games also contribute to the development of logical thinking and speed of reaction. These classes are suitable for children from 2 years old and adults.
3. Family lunch or dinner
Cook a new meal together. Let each member of the seven get a task according to his age and ability. This is the most convenient time for intimate conversations! Share your thoughts and discoveries, tell us what you liked or, conversely, disturbed in recent days. You will be surprised how willingly your family will be drawn into the conversation!
Do not forget to beautifully set the table and slowly, without rushing anywhere, eat everything cooked. Such a family lunch or dinner allows you to make up for the lack of communication between family members, while the time is spent in an interesting and beneficial way for everyone at once - regardless of age.
4. Live a century - learn a century!
It's no secret that people who spend their whole lives learning something new are less prone to senile diseases and retain clarity of thought longer. Joint training instills team feelings, the ability to achieve results together, and most importantly, to help those who are nearby.
It is not necessary to choose expensive ways of learning or enroll in special courses. Modern technologies allow you to study remotely, using master classes or books. In addition, you yourself probably know how to do something unusual, but have almost forgotten. Show focus? Building birdhouses? To play guitar? Folding origami figurines? Tap dance? Whistling with the voices of birds?
If you do not know how to spend an evening at home with your family, the desire to learn - and teach! - something new can be a real help!
5. Favorite things
Share with loved ones what you like. Let everyone tell not only about their favorite color, music or book, but also about what character traits they like in people, what memories please them the most and what would be the best gift for the holiday. You will be surprised how many interesting things can be heard during such conversations, and how close you will become to each other after!