Family Night Ideas: Golden Memories
The strongest families are careful to build a treasure chest of family memories. Memories are the golden glue that brings connectedness and a sense of belonging. Try some of these suggestions for your next family night.
On your next family outing, (even a routine trip to the mall) take turns taking pictures. Each person snaps a photo of anything they want, but preferably, a family member should be in every photo. Even let small children participate. The purpose is not to take award-winning photographs, but to get the family involved in recording memories. Store the photographs in an album (hard copy or digitally)… just not in a shoebox! Review the albums during family nights, celebrating the fun of simply being together.
On family trips and vacations, involve everyone in selecting one artifact that will remind them of the trip. Preferably, it will be an unusual item you find or purchase, not just a souvenir you buy in the tourist center. It could be a seashell, a menu, a book, a program, or something unusual that you find. Display your artifacts in a special cabinet or shelf. Revisit your Artifact Display regularly. Tell stories about what each item represents.
Audio or Video Biography
During family gatherings or holidays, assign one or two family members the task of conducting interviews with each member of the family. Ask questions that chronicle family history like: “What’s the best dish that Grandma makes?” “What’s your favorite holiday tradition and why?” “Tell about one of your most memorable birthdays.” Collect these interviews and then replay them during your next family night. Celebrate the funny moments and the special people that make up your family!
Finally, remember that a memory isn’t a memory if you don’t talk about it. As each photo, article or video is played, be sure to laugh together or may be even cry together. “Do you remember the time when…” can be a tremendous way to start a family conversation.
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