I love weekends! I look forward to them all week, excited for my husband to be home and us to enjoy some extra family time together. And I don’t know what it is, but don’t weekend mornings just feel so wonderfully lazy? I think most of us would love to add more family time to weekends, without adding more stress to our lives.
I’m all about being intentional with planning more family time together. This doesn’t have to be elaborate, though. Sometimes it’s exciting to make big plans, and other times it’s nice to keep things a little simpler (while still fun!). And on lazy weekends, sometimes simpler is better.
That’s where simple weekend habits can be awesome and help bring you closer as a family. These ideas take very little planning or preparation, and can just become a natural part of your Saturday or Sunday. These simple ideas can help bring your family closer as you just enjoy spending time together!
It doesn’t really matter what day you choose. Maybe in your family you have Tuesdays & Wednesdays off work, and those are your “weekends” together. In that case you might pick one of those days to add more family time. In our family, we go to church on Sunday mornings, so we do Saturday. Which idea will you choose?
5 Stress-Free Ways to Add More Family Time to Weekends
1. Make Breakfast
I don’t know what it is about blueberry pancakes, French toast, or eggs and bacon. But don’t they just fit perfectly on a lazy weekend morning? You can pick something your family loves and take the time to make a delicious hot breakfast to enjoy together. Eating around the table as a family while wearing your pjs makes it feel even more cozy!
If your family loves waffles, you might start a tradition where you make waffles every Sunday together. Or maybe you like to mix things up, and you’ll choose to rotate each week, sometimes making pancakes, sometimes omelettes… ok, I am totally making myself hungry here!
2 Go to the Farmer’s Market
If you love buying fresh local produce, consider going to a nearby farmers market together on Saturday mornings. You can teach your kids about healthy, fresh produce and find other fun local foods and crafts, too! In addition to fresh produce, farmers markets often have delicious baked goods, local honey, fresh salsa, jams and jellies… the list goes on!
I know a mom who takes her kids faithfully to the farmers market every weekend, and buys a lot of their fresh food for the week there. She knows the local farmers that have booths there, and even buys freshly ground flour to bake with during the week! She teaches her kids about fresh food and where our food comes from, which is a great lesson to learn.
3. Coffee or Cocoa
In my family, we love a warm mug of coffee or cocoa on the weekends. Whether we go out to a local cafe or make ours at home, this is such a cozy treat to enjoy together. I’m not really into coffee myself, but I love all the different flavors of hot chocolate or warm tea. The scent drifting in the air… maybe with a freshly baked muffin or a bagel spread with cream cheese! Yum!
This is really so easy, too. Just pick some fun warm drinks your family will love, like hot cocoa or tea (& maybe some coffee for the adults!). And enjoy it while hanging out together on your lazy weekend morning.
This is one of our favorite ways to add more family time on the weekends! My daughter wakes up so excited that daddy is home and she’s ready to play right away. We love to have extra play time on the weekends. She usually tries to grab all of her daddy’s things (his watch, his phone…) anything she can since they’re his. Sometimes we dance, sometimes we play with her toys, sometimes we read, but we always have fun and this time together definitely brings us closer as a family!
5. Going Out Together
Another fun way to have more family time on weekends is to get out of the house together. On a nice day, you might make a habit of going for a family walk around your neighborhood or heading to a nearby park. You might even bring your dog along for the fun!
If your kids are at the age where they like story time, your local library or bookstore might offer story times on weekends. You can listen to books and sing songs together as a family. This is especially great for days when the weather isn’t as nice. It’s awesome to set a focus on literacy as a family!
I love finding simple ways to add more family time to weekends. You might make a delicious breakfast, go to the farmer’s market, sip hot cocoa or coffee, enjoy play time, or get out of the house together. This list makes me appreciate the simple things we do together that can help us make awesome memories.
If you’re looking for more ideas for family time, check out 5 ideas to start an amazing family night tradition. Also, don’t miss how to make a DIY Family Fun Jar so you’ll have lots of fun activity ideas at hand.
How do you like to add more family time to weekends?