Stress-free Way to Turn Family Downtime into Together-time

By Kristen Daukus|Four Hens

In case you haven’t checked the calendar, it’s December. There’s only one month left in 2016. which personally has me scratching my head wondering how that happened. Every year I think “this” is the year that things will finally slow down and every year, that comment just laughs a hearty laugh in my face.

And I know that I am not alone in that feeling. We’re over-worked, over-scheduled, over-stimulated, we’re just over being over everything. As our kids get older, they get busier and maybe your time isn’t as busy shuttling them around so you’ve picked up some extra obligations or you’re still shuttling and having to maintain everyone’s calendar. Remember the days when the kids were younger and sure, they had soccer on the weekends – maybe playdates during the week – but it was still SO much easier and less taxing. You may not have thought that then, but looking back now I’m sure you’d trade places with yourself 10 years ago if you could go back to that schedule and routine.

So how do you keep the family unit strong? Letting everyone do the things that they want or need to do yet still connect and spend some quality time so that you’re not a houseful of strangers that more resemble college dorm roommates than a family? For us, we do a few things. We have dinner together at least a few times a week. It may not be all of us, but as many as can be there. We make plans together for holidays and vacations – getting everyone’s input on what they’d like to do. But most importantly, we look for any spots in our week where no one is doing anything and then we plan…. NOTHING. We just hang out – maybe play a game, just have a conversation or maybe sit and watch a couple of shows together.

Your family can turn an evening of planned downtime into real family time with nothing more than the remote control and Netflix. The fun thing about shows on Netflix is that you can personalize them based on not just your interests but your family’s personality and their interests as well!

 

Netflix Shows to Watch Based on Your Family’s Personality

Is your family the kind that likes to cozy up in front of the fireplace with popcorn and hot cocoa? Then check out Gilmore Girls, New Girl, The Little Rascals, or The Little Prince!

gilmore-girls
gilmore girls

Loud family who’s prone to sharing every minute detail of your life and day? Then you should tune into Arrested Development, Haters Back Off, The Ranch, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt!! (Guess we’re ‘that’ family, then huh??)

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kimmy schmidt

What about the affectionate who never lets a moment pass without a hug or a pat on the back? Fuller House, Girl Meets World, Parenthood, and Friday Night Lights will make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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friday night lights

Not every family is cut from the same cloth and some may even be categorized as “eclectic”. For those Stranger Things, The Addams Family, Corpse Bride, and Practical Magic will feel just like home for you.

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stranger things

Not afraid to clear out the living room and have your very own dance party or sing off? Check out The Get Down, Beat Bugs, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids and of course everyone’s singalong favorite, Glee!!

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the get down

Make sure you plan some time this month to do nothing with your family! Add a few of these shows to your queue, order a pizza or some takeout, and make some together-time a part of your holiday celebrations.

 

DISCLAIMER: KRISTEN IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE NETFLIX STREAMTEAM. SHE RECEIVED A NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION AND A STREAMING DEVICE IN RETURN FOR POSTING NETFLIX UPDATES AND REVIEWS. OF COURSE, ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE HER OWN.