These days, it’s rare for any family to have much down time.  If you are one of the few, hats off to you!!  In our house, there is a constant blur of activities, household chores, work, sports, and school responsibilities to be done.  Sometimes it feels like we even though we spend so much time together, we haven’t spent any real time together.  We run from one sport to the next.  We shovel dinner in.  We rush through bedtime routine. It would be wonderful to say that we implement strategies to stay connected everyday- but we don’t, and while (at least in our house) we spent a lot of time together as a family, every so often, we just need some time to reconnect.  

Here are 5 ways to reconnect as a family without breaking the bank

1. Explore.  No matter where you live, or what age your kiddos are, you can explore.  Take a hike, and explore the woods.  Go to the beach, and explore the sand.  Take a walk downtown, and explore your town.  Regardless of how well you know an area, taking the time to explore will give you time to discover new things.  One thing we love to do as a family is something “new.”  We love being able to say, “This is the first time any of us has done this!”  

2.  Find an ice cream shoppe.  We have a local ice cream shoppe that goes crazy in the summer.  We are talking parking lots filled with people and a wait that can bring on a mini panic attack on a regular day.  The ice cream is amazing though, and the wait and excitement are part of the experience.  Do yourself and your family a favor and find yourself an awesome ice cream shoppe!!

3.  Go fishing.  There will, no doubt, be a few of you who are cringing right now, but stay with me!  We, as a family, are not fishermen.  We may have fishing rods for the kids, but I can promise you this is no testament of our abilities.  In the 12 years we have been parents, we have maybe caught 5 fish.  Every time we take the kids fishing though, we put our phones down, and focus on the kids.  We get our hands dirty, we laugh, and we make memories!

4.  Hit up a playground.  I will be the first to admit that the playground isn’t always my favorite place to go.  We have 4 kids, and they are all running in different directions.  Sometimes, it’s just easier for me to forgo the playground.  The kids love it though, and it’s free so…  It’s really a no-brainer.  

5.  Chillax.  You’ve heard of this, right?  Chill and relax.  It’s just a downright crazy concept, but it’s amazing what a little bit of chillaxin’ can do for you as a family!  Plan a day to do nothing at all.  Don’t leave your house, and don’t do  bunch of chores.  Eat popcorn, watch movies, play board games, read books, take a nap.  

What’s your favorite way to reconnect as a family?