Simply Nerdy Mom: Solutions For Families Whose Weekends Have Become Repetitive

Monday, June 24, 2019

Solutions For Families Whose Weekends Have Become Repetitive


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We’ve all been there. As wonderful as it is to crash on the couch on Friday night after a long week at work, it can be tough to think of fun things to do every weekend. Obviously, resting and relaxing is worthwhile, but you and your family might have become a little bored of sitting around and doing nothing. 


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Maybe you all end up doing separate things, whether that means watching Netflix shows in different rooms or going out and running errands. However, it’s important to spend a little time together. Still, what is there to do without going on an expensive trip every Saturday or Sunday? Here are some solutions for families whose weekends have become repetitive.


Try some new games.

Instead of spending your weekends watching TV for hours on end, why not try some new games? Traditionally, games were always the solution for boredom in family households. Yes, we’ve all heard the joke that board games are “boring”, but they don’t have to be. You just have to choose the right game. Maybe something such as Cluedo could be well-suited to your family if you all like puzzles and challenges. You might even want to check out the Table Knight website for some great tabletop game ideas. You might have simply failed to find the perfect game for you and your family yet. It might still be out there somewhere.


If you want to make family games a bit more exciting for your kids then you might want to consider trying out some online options. Playing video games as a family is always fun; with new consoles such as the Nintendo Switch out there, there are options for families with younger kids who want multiplayer games geared towards those of a younger age. Mario Kart and Mario Party are two great examples. But if you’re looking for a cheaper game then you might want to try out something such as the Jackbox Party Pack on your computer. People connect via internet-enabled devices to play quizzes and Pictionary-esque games. Just bear in mind that these games can be a little tongue-in-cheek with some mature words and phrases that might be inappropriate for younger children, so it’s a better option for families with teens.


Do some baking.

Another great way to spice up your weekend is to do some baking as a family. Whether your kids are around the age of 3 or 13, this is an activity which never becomes old. You’re always the right age to bake some delicious treats. Who doesn’t love a delicious cake or a batch of cookies? Find a recipe online and get everybody on board to bake something tasty for the whole family to enjoy over the course of the weekend. If you’re tired of your weekends becoming repetitive then this would certainly be a wonderful way to shake things up. You could bake something different every week. Turn it into a challenge. Set yourself the goal of trying a new recipe every time you come into the kitchen. Sure, if you and the kids come across a recipe you love then you can use it again, but you should always aim to keep things fresh by attempting new and exciting recipes for baked goods you might never have made before.

Perhaps you could really think outside the box and avoid using a recipe altogether. If you know the primary ingredients that need to go into making a cake then get those and go wild. Use a bit of intuition to help your younger kids (you don’t want to watch them struggle as they mix together flour with two drops of milk for an hour). Beyond that, get creative. Create a unique topping for your cake. Get some icing and write a cute message if it’s intended for a particular member of the family. If you’re making some cupcakes then you could turn them into butterfly cakes by cutting out the centers and transforming them into wings. Be imaginative, and encourage your children to be imaginative too. The answer to a fun weekend with the family can be found in your very own kitchen.


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Go to your local park.

If you want to get out of the house but somehow avoid spending much money then you might want to go to your local park. You can all enjoy some fresh air in a space that’s probably much bigger than your garden. It gives you the opportunity to play some sports on a bigger scale. You could set up some posts for a game of soccer or perhaps even bring some kites to fly if you want to try out some traditional family activities. You might also want to bring some food so that you could have a picnic if it’s a particularly nice day.

Maybe you could even try out a game such as Capture the Flag. You just need several pieces of fabric that can function as flags and two teams comprising of about 3 players each. Once you’ve done that, you just need to aim to capture the enemy’s flags and bring them back to your side without being tagged. It’s a pretty old game, but who says it can’t be as fun as a video game? Perhaps you could even bring a few nerf guns or water pistols and see if your kids have more fun with those than they would if they were playing Fornite at home.


Go to the beach.

Speaking of outdoor activities that are very cheap (or free, in some cases), you might want to go to your local beach. Again, this is another trip that’s well-suited to a sunny day, but it could be the perfect way for you and your family to have fun at the weekend if you’re running out of ideas. Once you have some beach towels and loungers, you’ll be ready to go. Beyond that, you and the kids should be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of soaking up the sun and splashing in the sea.


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