The Importance of Making Fun Family Memories

Take time out to enjoy your family…

We live in a hectic, fast-paced world.  It’s so common for every member of the family to be going in monopoly-kids-pnga thousand different directions and it’s easy to let our own busy schedules prevent us from nurturing the relationships within our own households.  The relationships that we develop with our immediate family members are, arguably, the most important relationships in our lives.  As any of you who are parents know, children grow up so fast!  It is critically important that we engage them at each phase of their development and create lasting, positive memories that we and our children can cherish and build upon throughout our lives.

The purpose of this site is to encourage you and to provide you with ideas for how to engage your children in activities that the entire family will enjoy.  I will be providing ideas from my own experience and I welcome your feedback and insights.

Here are a few important tips:

  • Be Deliberate
  • Schedule Time
  • Make it Meaningful
  • Make it Fun for Everyone


Allow me to elaborate a bit on each of these points:

  • Be Deliberate:  As with any practice that we want to incorporate into our lives, we must make a conscious, intentional decision to make it a priority.  Recognizing the importance of engaging in regular “family time” and determining that it is worth the effort is the first step toward success.  Consider the pros and cons and I’m sure that you will come to the same conclusion that I did:  the pros far outweigh the cons.  Don’t allow those precious childhood years to slip away without building lasting, loving, fun-filled memories!


  • Schedule Time:  As part of being deliberate, it is crucial that you set aside regular time during each week.  If you don’t block the time out on your calendar, chances are great that other things will come up to eat into that time.  I recommend that at least one night during the week and one day during the weekend be designated as “family activity” time.  Of course, you can tailor this to suit your unique schedules, but blocking out this time is critical and will become something that everyone in your family looks forward to with anticipation.


  • Make it Meaningful:  As parent(s), spend some time planning the type of activities that you will engage your children in.  Consider what will appeal to them based on their age(s).  Solicit their input.  Choose activities where children can learn new things.  Consider what life lessons can be taught and/or reinforced:  these times together are more than just fun — they are an opportunity for you as the parent(s) to train and impart values to your children.


  • Make it Fun for Everyone:  Choose activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy.  Give your kids your undivided attention.  Find every opportunity to praise them and build them up.  Engage your family in conversation and laughter.  Take off your parenting hat for a while and be a kid again!

family board game

Bill Branson (Photographer), National Cancer Institute.


In the months to come, I will be providing more in-depth blog posts on each of the topics listed above, as well as providing specific ideas for fun family activities from my own experience.  I hope that I can be of help to you and your family in finding activities that will enhance your relationships and build lasting memories.

Please stay tuned!

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Author/Founder at Family Staples
Single father of five wonderful children.Left the hectic corporate world to start my own online business to allow me the flexibility to spend more time with my kids, while encouraging other parents to do the same:making the most of their time with their children during their formative years.For more details, go to:http://familystaples.com/about-me.


Home — 12 Comments

  1. What a great mission Pat. What a wonderful reminder to all the parents. The legacy of happy memories is what we leave behind with our children. Keep up the good work.

    With Love,


    • Sanjay, Thank you for your kind words of support. You’re absolutely right that the happy memories that we create with our children is a significant part of our legacy. -Pat

  2. Patrick,

    Just a quick note to thank you for this site on spending quality family time.

    It is so true with often times both parents working, things can become so hectic
    our own children can get swept under the carpet, theoretically speaking of course.

    Keep up the great work,


    • Gary,
      Thank you for visiting my site. You’re absolutely correct that, due to our own busy schedules, our children can become neglected if we don’t take deliberate steps to ensure that we’re spending quality time with them and investinng in their lives.
      Please visit again soon,

  3. Hi Patrick, great concept, great website, great writing style. I love the partnership with St Jude Children’s hospital. I am also a St Jude sponsor. Keep up the great work!

    • Onyeka,
      Thank you for visiting my site and thank you for your kind words. You’re right that St. Jude Children’s hospital is a great organization — it’s nice to be able to support such a worthy cause.
      Please visit again soon.

  4. Hi Patrick! You know, this is a great reminder for us grandparents who raise grandchildren, too. It’s true that it’s different raising grandchildren (you have loads more patience the second time around). But the day-to-day of parenting is still 100% there. So I really appreciate what you are doing here! Great site and God Bless! ~Cathy

  5. Pat..how cool that you are venturing into something that you are very passionate about. I think this is a great idea and I would like to receive the newsletters. Let me know how I can help you make this idea successful. Way to go bro:-) Brother Scott Harper

    • Scott,
      Thank you for the encouraging words! I’m glad you visited the site and I’ll add you to my newsletter mailing list. I appreciate your support. If you have suggestions for post topics or product reviews feel free to email them to me — I’m always looking for new inspiration and constructive feedback.

  6. You have great information. I totally agree that we should take time for our family. My children are almost out of the house. They’ve grown so fast and it’s nice to see them growing into young adults. We can’t get back those moments when they were babies. Thanks for the wonderful information! 🙂

    • Evelyn,
      Thank you for visiting Family Staples. You’re so right in stating that they [our kids] grow up so fast and we can’t get those moments back. It’s so important to make the most of the time we do have with them.
      Please visit again,

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