Between catching up on household tasks and shuttling the kids to violin lessons and soccer practice, weekends can be, well, not so fun. Many families can get stuck in a rut and weekends seem more stressful than fun. So, what can we do to put the thrill back in a family weekend? Dr. Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness, makes these suggestions.
1) Schedule it. Put special Saturday/Sunday plans on your calendar. The Explorium, the Museum of Art, the zoo -- something the whole family can look forward to them.
2) Skip the Sunday blues. Do your scheduling for next week's homework and tasks on Friday rather than Sunday, to open up your weekend for together time like a family movie night.
3) Set up simple things. Even if you don't plan on going out, you can make weekends more relaxing and fun by cooking a pancake breakfast or baking cookies together.