Geek It Out This Weekend for the Ultimate in Family Togetherness

Picture this scenario: You’re all at home on Sunday evening and the whole family is gathered in the living room.  It’s the idyllic family setting reminiscent of the Cleaver’s. Or at least it would be; if Dad weren’t absorbed in the television, mom weren’t perusing Pinterest on her iPad, sister wasn’t snap chatting with her friends on her phone, and brother wasn’t destroying enemies on his xBox.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an article about the evils of technology.  Technology is so much a part of our lives, and it is here to stay.  The trick in parenting these days is to learn to balance our technological lives with face-to-face interactions.  If you would like to get the family interacting TOGETHER instead of separately, why not try Geeking It Out next time with a family project designed to explore the science behind some of those technologies?

The next time you find your family in need of an activity that gathers everyone together, consider a family project.
The next time you find your family in need of an activity that gathers everyone together, consider a family project.  

Enter some of our favorite hands-on, bring-the-family-together books.  Instead of disregarding technology, let’s explore how that technology works in our everyday lives.  These books are full of fun, fascinating, and educational projects that will bring the whole family together.  The projects range from short and simple (How to Make a Treasure Map from a Paper Bag) to something more detailed (How to Build a Tree House.)

One of our favorites is The Book of Potentially Catastrophic ScienceIt’s chock full of hands-on and potentially “dangerous” experiments that will delight and fascinate even the biggest technology addict.  Channel your inner Galileo by building a simple telescope.  Recreate the Hadron Collider in your microwave, or discover the mysteries of the wheel all over again.

Another of our favorite books is available in a series.  It’s the Handy Book Series written by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, D.C. Beard.  The Handy Book Series is loaded with practical indoor and outdoor projects, survival tips, advice, and fun.  This best-selling series is ideal for the outdoor, adventurous family.

Another of our favorite book series that is worth a mention is the Handy Dad Series.  These books are geared toward adult/child projects where cooperation is the name of the game.  In this two-book series, extreme sports athlete and TV host, Todd Davis, gathers more than 50 projects and activities sure to get kids and their parents outside and entertained for hours.

Whatever book or book series you choose, we can assure you that your whole family will be engaged as one unit working toward a common goal.  Now what more could you ask for?

*Photo courtesy of KristenKep Photography & Design

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Don’t Forget to Relax This Summer – National Relaxation Day is August 15

Let’s face it, summer is crazy busy.  We all look forward to “lazy” summer days, but it seems that those lazy days are few and far between.  As we transition from the summer mind-set to a back-to-school frenzy, it’s important that the whole family takes some time to relax.  We all need to recharge our batteries between these busy seasons!

National Relaxation Day
Next time someone tells you to “Go jump in the lake”, go for it. You may find it to be quite fun and ultimately a great way to unwind.

National Relaxation Day is officially on August 15, and yes, it is a real holiday!  It is also the perfect excuse to grab a book, take a nap in a hammock, or chill by the campfire.   As adults, we all know how to relax, but do we do it enough?  Sometimes we need a little reminder, and National Relaxation Day is a good one.  Incase you forgot just how to do it, here are some of our favorite family-friendly ways to unwind.

  • Read a good book
  • Take a walk
  • Take a nap in the shade (or better yet, a hammock!)
  • Take the family swimming
  • Have a backyard campfire
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit someone you’ve been missing
  • Have a picnic lunch in the park
  • Go fishing
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Go for ice cream
  • Order pizza for dinner and play a family game
  • Play an instrument

Whatever your choice, just remember to keep it simple.  The more work involved, the less relaxing you’ll do!