As you know if you read my blog, I am LDS. One of the best parts of my religion is the emphasis that it puts on family, and making mandatory family time at least once a week is super important in our church. We call it Family Home Evening, or FHE for short.
Each week on Monday we all come together and make sure we have nothing else planned that night. We start with a family prayer, a song and a scripture or quote that will uplift us. Next we have a little short lesson on whatever we need to be working on that week; sometimes it’s honesty, or helping out at home, or being kind to others…if you search Pinterest for FHE ideas, you will get millions of ideas. All of that takes about ten minutes, we can’t do much longer than that and keep the little’s attention! After that we have an activity, that could be playing a game, going on a walk, going to a park, watching a movie…you get the idea! Finally we end with a treat, which is what they all look forward to the most. 🙂
Rather than mom and dad do everything, everyone is involved. We all take turns doing different things. I have an FHE board in our dining room that we change the names on each week with cute little hanging tags…but it is a struggle to remember who has what each week, and kids will fight tooth and nail that it is their turn to make treats this week, which takes away from the happiness of FHE. So to make it easier we have gone with a simple little planner. I print one of these out and it shows us at a glance who is doing what each week for 5 weeks at a time. That way they can see when their week is coming up for their favorite task…also it helps those who have the lesson or scripture some time to prepare. I color coded each child’s name to make it easier for them to see, and also for the little ones to figure out where they are. They know by now the order we do things so they can figure it out without even reading it.
I fold it into thirds and hang it on the fridge next to our cleaning schedule and my husband’s work schedule. Easy to see and settle any possible arguments easily.
Even if you are not LDS, but would like to make family time a priority, FHE is a great way to do it! I made this printable generic, but if you want to take it into Word and change it for what works best for your family, I will include it as a doc as well. 🙂
FHE Planner Printable Free Downloads
Simple FHE Planner Printable Download PDF (Be sure to print out in Landscape, not Portrait)
Simple FHE Planner Printable Download Doc (Be sure to print out in Landscape, not Portrait)