What's that saying about raising a family?
The days are long, but the years are short. That's the carpe diem sentiment we heard from families when we asked them to weigh in with favorite ideas for packing family life full of as much joy as possible. From hundreds of responses, we selected the best and organized them into seven categories. As you'll see, the ideas are simple (Make a list of activities! Draw on the windows!), but the memories created are lasting.
Defeating inertia is easier when you've done a bit of preparation. These families understand that having a game plan for fun is key to ensuring that special excursions and activities don't get put off for "someday."
You don't have to attach a slide to your stairway (though one of our readers did!), but making room for games, creativity, and plain, old hanging out can make a house a home.
Life's too short to save all the fun for birthdays and big holidays, say these families, so they look for excuses to add a dose of silliness to otherwise ordinary weeks. The reason isn't important; what matters is reveling in togetherness.
How do you expand children's minds? By increasing the fun! These families do that by making time for curiosity and exploration.
Kids thrive on routines, but it's often the unexpected joys that they truly treasure. These parents know how to catch their gang happily off guard -- and make the kinds of memories that last forever.
Fun is really a state of mind, as these look-on-the-bright-side families remind us. With a little creative thinking, they banish disappointment and turn it into delight.
These families skip the nagging and tackle household chores with a party spirit. It's got to get done, so it might as well be fun.