We’re often too busy to put enough effort into entertaining ourselves to achieve anything other than anesthetization, which isn’t quite the same as joy. This can be particularly true if you have children and you want to show them the benefits of engagement over the hollow satisfaction afforded by lazier forms of entertainment. Sometimes, when you come home after a busy day, it’s difficult to convince yourself to do anything other than relax in front of the television, even if you know you aren’t setting the best example. If your family struggles with any of these issues, here are four ways to bring real joy into your home which you can all experience and share together.
This is a great way to avoid the television and have an evening full of laughter and communication. Create a special place in your living room where the children can put on a play, though this will involve some guidance on your part. You could write a scene for them to try acting out to start off with, and if they still struggle to find an actor’s confidence, then why not construct a stage in which to perform finger puppet shows. Whether through a puppet medium or not, children’s imaginations will run wild at the chance to put on a show, and they’ll collaborate, with a little help from you, to produce some original entertainment for the family to enjoy.
Your Own Gallery
Whether you collect art already or not, it could be worth modeling one room as your family gallery. This will be a space for your children’s art, family photographs, your own art, as well as trophies and other positive memories. Having this space will make each family member feel like a star, and it will give you each a room to go in to experience the bliss of memories and achievements.
It might be that you have a music room already, or it might be that you just want to move the television out of the main family area of the house, but having a room devoted to music is a room for dancing and celebrating. This will give your children memories that will stay with them forever, particularly at Christmas and other family-orientated times. If your children are learning any instruments, from the recorder to the guitar, having a piano to back them up will allow them to play with confidence, and enjoy learning. A piano will also make your room look incredibly stylish, so find out more about the best pianos to buy so you can bring joy into your home in the form of music and actively creating joy for yourselves, rather than passively experiencing it.
If television has become more of a habit than something you as a family enjoy, then why not dedicate more time to enjoying your favorite movies and films? Having a home cinema will make viewing a treat again for your family, and it will allow your family to spend more time together. Make an occasion of it and have favorite treats and blankets to keep you cozy while you watch the movie. There are so many choices of family suitable films that you can all watch together.