For many, the New Year presents an opportunity to reorganise life and focus on priorities. ‘Spending more time with the family’ is routinely cited as one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and it’s not hard to see why family time takes priority. We’re all busy (which might seem like a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason), and this blog post is about getting around that.
To combat all the things that get in the way of more family time, we’ve focussed on two areas in the home that are easily accessible, cost-effective and have plenty of potential.
Kids in the Kitchen
A great routine to develop in the New Year involves cooking with the kids. While it sounds simple enough, there are some preliminary steps to take in order to keep everyone safe. This covers things like thoroughly explaining the heat of the oven, or the danger of the mixing bowl blades. But those are small asks in exchange for a fun activity that’s readily available at home, and cost effective too!
Get them involved in choosing a recipe – their favourite food is a great place to start. You know your kids best, so delegate tasks appropriate for their age and skill level. This can be as simple as gathering ingredients for young ones, right up to chopping vegetables for the older kids.
If you’re struggling to stir interest in them, try adding an extra element of fun to the process. Novelty food prep appliances are great value and are designed with kids and parents in mind. Brightly coloured, they make it easy to churn out waffles, cake pops or even ice cream!
This kind of cooking works as a great gateway into other dishes, and helps to build a life skill for kids. Plus, it helps them consider their food more thoroughly, from the ingredients that make it up to the method with which it’s cooked.
Bring Back Movie Night
The way we watch just about everything has changed dramatically in the last ten years. We’d barely gone from VHS to DVDs when streaming rolled into our lives. Now we all watch what we want, when we want, and often on personal screens too. As convenient as that is, it’s not exactly conducive to family time.
So why not revive the family movie night as a regular event this year? Get the whole crew together, and stream something everyone will love! It’s easy with a Smart TV, with access to subscription services like Netflix and Stan, or free services like ABC iView and SBS On Demand. Or, you could get real retro and play a DVD!
Many of these services have dedicated family-friendly libraries, with a mix of classics and new Hollywood blockbusters.