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How you can add more fun to everyday family life today

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There’s little doubt that everyday family life can be a lot of fun, but it’s also true that it can become a little, well, uninspiring from time to time. When we have a family, we simply have too many responsibilities, and, as such, we can often feel like we’re just operating on autopilot. We have to get the kids ready, go to work, prepare dinner, handle our finances, and so on. It’s not always a rollercoaster of fun! However, there are ways you up the fun levels in your everyday family life.

everyday family life: swings at fairground.

It’s not like you need to settle for a mundane time just because you can’t spend time visiting a theme park! Instead, you inject fun aspects into your life in all avenues. We take a look at a few ways how you can do this below. 

Let the Kids Take Control

You and your partner are the ones who have all the responsibility in the family, and obviously, this is rightly so. But sometimes it’s fun to mix things up by letting your children take the reins for a little while. We don’t mean that they should be in charge of preparing dinner or anything, but simply: what is it that they want to do? When you’re tired, this might sound like the last thing you want to do, but you’ll be surprised at just how much you can perk up just by joining the kids in their fun-filled, magical world for an hour. The way that a child sees the world can be pretty inspiring and uplifting, but you have to submit to their world in order to get all the benefits.

Make your home more fun

If your home is a little boring, then you can’t be too disappointed if your everyday family life is a little drab, too. Your children probably have a room full of toys, but what is there in the house for you? So look at adding a few fun features. What you get will depend on what you like to do, but some examples include a gaming system, entertainment such as a projector or cinema room, and outdoor lounge area. If there are always things to do in your home that helps to bring the fun, then you won’t have too many opportunities for the boredom to build. 

Make Boring Jobs Enjoyable

We all have a long list of jobs that we have to do in the home, and just looking at them is enough to bring us down. But this is a negative path, which will wear us down over time. To prevent this from happening, you have to change your attitude towards the boring jobs — indeed, you can no longer even think of them as boring. Find ways to make them more fun! Listening to music and dancing around is always a good start. With some things, it really is all about mindset. If you resent the fact that you have to wash the dishes, then sure, everyday life is going to suck. But if you can focus your attention and accept that it’s just a part of life, then you’ll embrace the idea — and liberate yourself from personal torture.

In the Car

As a parent, you’re going to spend a lot of time driving around. There’ll be school runs, car rides taking your son or daughter to sports lessons, to their friends, the weekly supermarket trip, and so on. It’s little wonder that people get burned out when it comes to driving. One way to get around this is to love your car and make driving more fun. For the vehicles, look at adding personalised number plates and the latest infotainment systems. You’ll enjoy driving around much more when your car has been customised to your preferences. You have no option other than to drive when you’re a parent — you may as well make sure that you enjoy the process.

Tech-Free Evenings

everyday family life: smartphone being held.

There’s much to love about technology, but it has had a negative effect: it has, at times, made life less fun. Take a standard family evening, for example. You’re tired, so you sink into some mindless online browsing, which doesn’t require much effort, sure, but also doesn’t make you all that happy. And while you’re browsing, your partner is watching YouTube videos, and your kids are in their rooms, playing video games. Not all that much fun! As such, why not look at having a tech-free policy, and spend some quality time together? You’ll have a much more memorable and fun time if you’re playing board games!

We really hope that you like these ideas – we know how tough it can be in the holidays, and anytime to make things “interesting” for the kids, so let’s all give each other a bit of support! If you are after some activities to do with the kids, then why not check out some of our resources too:

  • KiddyCharts has SO MANY printables on the site it is UNREAL, so go check them out generally because you will love them,
  • If you are over-whelmed by the coolness of everything that we have, how about checking our human body game out – good fun for the kids we promise,
  • We have a lot of activities based on movies and entertainment on the site as well, why not check out the Ugly Dolls activity sheets, and finally
  • What about one of our most popular printables at the moment, our animal habitat sorting game.

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everyday family life: fairground swings

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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karen reekie

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

We do tech free time, which we find very helpful. We also try to make chores around the house more fun too. I think making life fun is a good thing, for all the family.

Jennifer Gladwin

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Tech free evenings is definitely a fab idea. We love playing board games as a family on a Sunday night.


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

I loved the tips suggested here, especially allowing the kids to be in control. These are points I will most definitely keep in mind with my kids.

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