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10 Treasure Hunt Clues for Around the House

With all the games, movies, and books out there, our kids still somehow find a way to whine, “I’m bored!”  One great way to cure their boredom is to take them on an adventure: a treasure hunt!  Setting up a scavenger hunt around your home is easy.  Just create clues and then hide them around the house in different places—under the table, in the food pantry, or on their bathroom mirror.  The hunt should end with...
Jul 17, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

Stop, Drop, and Roll: 3 Ways to Increase Family Time This Summer

We only have so many summers to make memories with our kids before they leave the nest. So, with school out, give your kids your best. First, STOP being connected 24/7 to work. Give yourself permission to be DISCONNECTED from work so you can be RECONNECTED with your kids. Second, DROP the phones, tablets and other tech that keep you from your family. Set daily times, especially when you’re on vacation, where...
Jul 02, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

4 Family Activity Ideas You Should Make Your Kids Do

We’re creatures of habit: We enjoy going to the same places and doing the same things week after week. And there’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well, sometimes habits cause you to miss out on new adventures. So break your routine with these 3 family activity ideas you should make your kids do. First, go on a cultural adventure. Check around town for a cool museum exhibit or musical performance. Second, do...
May 28, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

One-on-One Time

It’s great to do things as a family, but children love it when they get Mom or Dad all to themselves. So carve out a little time with each of your kids as often as you can. Now that summer break is almost here, try to take off one day for each child during the summer. Take them on a special outing for the day. It doesn’t have to be anything big… have lunch together, toss the football in the backyard, walk around...
Apr 02, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

“Throwback Thursdays” for Your Family

The best evenings at home with my kids weren’t spent with each of us with our fingers on our smart phones or watching TV.  The best times were nights when we sat around on the floor and played Monopoly, a game of cards; or, when we played kick ball in the back yard. “Throwback Thursday” is a day when we can look back on how things used to be and post a picture from long ago. Maybe we could take the idea a step...
Mar 04, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

How to Make One-on-One Time with Your Child Special

You may have heard me say…your kids spell love T-I-M-E.  And spending one-on-one time with them individually is a critically important way to communicate love.  Great conversations can happen while you’re folding clothes or cooking a meal together.  When you’re driving them to an after school activity, turn down the radio and strike up some conversation.  Or get out of town for an overnight trip.  Your time alone...
Feb 26, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

Tony Dungy’s Super Bowl Family Time Tips

Millions of people will be glued to the television this Super Bowl Sunday. If you plan on watching the game, why not make it a family activity? Start with a game plan for the day. It might include firing up the grill, or letting each child choose a favorite snack food.  You can also play Super Bowl trivia or predict the score at the end of each quarter. Give fun prizes to the winners. If it’s not too cold, Dad can...
Jan 31, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

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