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It’s important that you take the time to bond with family. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Your kids won’t be around forever and soon will venture out into the real world to create their own version of happiness. They will go away to school and maybe stay there. Take my neighbor. 4 kids, all came home after college. In the span of a year, one more to New Orleans, one to Boston, and one to Brooklyn. There’s one left, and who knows what will happen next. My daughter is 11…she will be in college in 6 years. I can’t even think about it. It’s some scary stuff, really. It’s literally life changing, just as much as that first day you took your first baby home. As you start to watch your kids grow older, it may dawn on you that you have little time left to create a family fun weekend tradition. It’s time today to think about how you can create a family fun weekend tradition so that maybe, just maybe, these kids will return each weekend as adults to have this type of fun forever.

Start to discuss the idea of having a new tradition that your family does on the weekend. Perhaps you don’t do this EVERY single weekend, but plan it for the second weekend of every month, at least. It’s not about how often you partake in this family fun weekend tradition but more about how it’s planned and consistently implemented. Figure out what types of things your kids enjoy doing and find that common ground in which you can work with your partner to plan a family fun weekend tradition.

Research the ideas your kids like and do with them. Let them have fun but also see what goes into it all. Research your budget and create a plan of attack. Let them know that things aren’t free, and take planning. It will show them about life and it will give them an idea that this is really important. It should give it all more meaning, at least we can hope.

It’s important to bond as a family unit. Traditions, regardless of what they are, tend to be the easiest and most perfect way to start reconnecting as a family unit. Even if your kids are now teens, it’s important to keep this family running strong before they venture out into adulthood.

Once you have determined the budget, what type of family fun weekend tradition you will create, it’s time to sit down and put this into action. Have a family meeting, where even the youngsters are involved, to plan out your weekend tradition itinerary. Let each kid have something you will do together be important to them, those little ones may just want to do a craft or read a book, that’s okay! You don’t have to go broke and you don’t have to travel anywhere to start planning a family fun weekend tradition.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get started in creating these magical memories with a family fun weekend tradition today! Enjoy your time together as much as you can! Time is a fleeting and very fickle thing.

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