Top 10 Family Night Activities

Written by Role Mommy contributor, Christine J. Williamson.

Top 10 Family Night Activities.jpg I overheard my son talking to a friend the other day about our family game nights. The other kid asked, “What’s that?” I told my son later I had overheard the conversation, and I really liked his patient response to his friend who really didn’t understand the concept of a family getting together to enjoy each other’s time.
Sadly, I’ve heard similar things from other parents that they don’t have time, are too tired, or the kids wouldn’t be interested anyway. I don’t like saying anyone is outright wrong when it comes to anything to do with parenting, but they are so wrong. Studies show that families
who participate in a regular family night are closer, kids do better in school, and many games teach life and educational skills. With that in mind, I’d like to share our top 10 family night activities.
10. Super Dessert Night
Let your family make their own desserts. After dinner one night, set out small bowls with a
scoop of ice cream in each one. Also have chocolate syrup or whatever flavors your family
enjoys. Candy pieces, sprinkles and other yummies to put on their ice cream will let each
member of the family design the ice cream sundae they think is best. If you want, take a
photo of each family member with their sundae before they dig in and save it for a scrapbook night.
9. Zoo Night
Check with your local zoo to see about their family night activities. Many zoos offer special
discounts for families and night activities that range from movie nights at the zoo to specially arranged night hikes where hikers get to meet and learn about an animal.
8. Museum Night
The museum doesn’t have to be a boring experience. Make it fun with a scavenger hunt.
Make a list of random things to look for in exhibits throughout the museum. Our local museum is online, and yours probably is too, and just make a list like “mummy sarcophagus” or “beard on a statue” and see who wins.
7. Family Blog
You can use a service like or and set up a free blog. Let your
kids choose the colors, lettering, template, and add some photos from your other family
activity nights. Both of these blog places have the option to keep your blog from being
indexed so it won’t show up on search engines. If you want to keep your blog private, so only the family can see it, you can do that too in the privacy settings and choose who can see your family blog. Both sets of grandparents enjoy seeing our posts, especially the posts they are in like when my parents came over for family night and played Jenga with us.
6. Camping at Home
This is a fun activity that we’ve done numerous times. The first time we came up with this idea was when the kids were very small, and it was winter. So we camped out in the living room. Now that they are older, we set up the tent in the backyard, and you have to plan to bring everything you need out with you. No one goes back into the house. We cook over our grill, make S’mores, tell scary stories, and we have a large traditional breakfast of pancakes the next morning.
5. Home Video Night
This is a fun night of memories. Take your old videos of your kids and show them. Talk about the little things you remember about your kids. When my daughter was 3 years old, she used to have elaborate tea parties that often included our very patient cat who would sit in a chair along with her stuffies and dolls. Sharing those memories again is great for bringing your family unit closer.
4. Talent Show
Think American Idol or X-Factor without Simon Cowell in it. Let each of the kids come up with a talent, parents or anyone other family members need to participate too, and have fun! Videos for family video night or photos for the family blog or scrapbook should be taken on this night.
3. Movie Night
We love movie night. We usually let each family member name a movie and then choose
from there. Eventually, we pick everyone’s movie. We stream movies from Netflix, Amazon
Prime, and HuluPlus so there is never a shortage of great movies to watch.
2. Family Scrapbook Night
One year my daughter got a scrapbooking kit for a birthday gift. The other kids were intrigued, and everyone wanted to do a page in her scrapbook. That’s how our family scrapbook night was born. We do this at least once a month, we have long since scrapbooked baby photos, family vacations, and birthdays. We now do our current family photos, and sometimes we all design one page together or each child will get to do their own pages. It’s something everyone looks forward to doing. Often the kids get out the scrapbook and are just looking at it, seeing memories.
1. Game Night
Yes, we have video games in our house. We tried incorporating the Kinect Games (the ones where you get up and move with the game) into our game night, but it just turned into kids playing games and parents being bored watching. It wasn’t a true family event. So when we say “Game Night” we mean board games, card games, and other games. No video games. Take age recommendations with a grain of salt. You know your kids best as to what they can and can’t do. I buy board games yard sales and store clearances. We now have a closet full of games for the family to choose from with not a lot of money invested.
Playing games with your kids teaches life skills such as cooperation and patience.
Responsibility is practiced when they play by the rules. Honesty is learned by playing fair.
Good sportsmanship is learned by both learning to win and lose gracefully. Other family night activities will stimulate your the creative thinking in your kids, develops longer attention spans, and it’s fun. As you can see there is no downside to scheduling a regular night of fun with your family. As a parent, you want to build lifelong family bonds that are strong, spending quality time with the family as a whole unit is a great way to keep those bonds strong.
Christine J. Williamson is the co-founder and writer for Super Mommy blog. She is blessed with two amazing boys and a great husband, and 100% loves blogging at I’m Super Mommy. Connect with her on Twitter! Cheers!

My Obsession with LYSOL®…

Written by Role Mommy’s Danielle Feigenbaum

unnamed.jpg Hello, my name is Danielle and I’m a germaphobe. “Hello Danielle.” Admitting you have a problem is the first step in recovery, right? Although, I’m not entirely sure I want to recover… thanks to my best friend, LYSOL®. When I was asked to join the No Flu Club with Lysol I thought to myself, sign me up and can I be the President?! This is perfect timing, with the crazy weather we have had (8 degrees to 50 degrees to snow and ice storms) it’s only natural that my 6 year old son would catch a cold. Listen, we all get sick, but I have some tips to help you get sick less often and not spread it throughout your household. Just because one family member has a cold or the flu, doesn’t mean the rest of the family needs to catch it! My secret weapon? LYSOL®!
I was super excited to receive a package with three great Lysol® products to add to my collection.
-Lysol® Power & Free Multi-Purpose Wipes: No bleach harshness or harsh chemical residue. Hydrogen Peroxide formula releases micro bubbles that penetrate to dissolve grease and tough messes. My favorite part? Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria including Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Staphylococcus aureus, Rhinovirus Type 37 and Salmonella enterica. You can use the wipes so many different places around the house where germs are present… including: counter tops, sinks, door knobs, light switches, telephones, bathtub, toilet seats, glazed ceramic tiles, cabinets, shower door, vanity tops and chrome fixtures. I walked around with these wipes cleaning everything my son touched, and I’m happy to say his cold is almost gone and nobody else in the family has a cold! Woo hoo!
-Lysol® Disinfectant Spray: This is my go-to product… it kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria1Coronavirus, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and 2. It also kills 99.9% of mold and mildew and you can spray it on hard and soft surfaces all around the house. Right after my kids leave for school I spray down their rooms, who knows what they are bringing home… how many times will I get a letter from the school nurse about someone in their class having strep throat or the flu or something else?
-Lysol® Touch of Foam: Foaming Hand Soap: New Lysol® Touch of Foam foaming hand soap with dual effect is soft on skin and hard on germs. This is very important to me, especially during the winter months, my hands are SO dry. You have to wash your hands a lot and it’s so nice to have a soap that moisturizes and kills germs! The thick, rich, creamy lather works on contact to kill 99.9% of germs, while moisturizer enriched micro-bubbles leave skin feeling soft and comfortable after every wash and you don’t need a lot, one little pump of soap results in very clean, soft hands.
Through its Mission for Health, Lysol® engages communities across the country to promote hygiene practices and instill healthy habits. Together with its healthcare professional and education partners, such as the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Lysol® spreads healthy habits directly into schools and homes.
“Many people do not realize that cleaning is not synonymous with disinfecting and that they
need to use disinfectant products to remove cold and flu viruses from hard surfaces,” said Dr. Philip Tierno, microbiologist, immunologist, and member of The Global Hygiene Council. “Eighty percent of all infections are transmitted by direct and indirect contact, so by understanding how germs are transmitted and how that transmission can be interrupted,
families have a much better chance of warding off the flu.”
Here are some wonderful tips to help you stay healthy! In addition to routinely cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surface areas, the CDC recommends the following effective tips to help families stay healthy during peak flu activity:
-Get vaccinated with a seasonal flu shot – the most important step in preventing cold
and flu.
-Help prevent the spread of flu germs by practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette,
staying away from sick people, and staying home if you get sick.
-Wash your hands with soap and water often, or use hand sanitizer if you do not have
access to a sink.
I’m okay with being a germaphobe, since I don’t think it rules my life, it’s just a part of it. I try not to make my kids crazy, although I have to be honest, it warms my heart when my daughter uses a paper towel to open the door in public restrooms. I’m telling you from personal experience, Lysol® helps to keep you and your loved ones healthy and it keeps the germs away. So do your part in the fight against cold and flu season, arm yourself with Lysol® products and stay healthy!
Discloser: I was sent three Lysol products, all opinions are entirely my own.

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Pasta with Ricotta, peas and Broccoli

When serving pasta to the family, again, it doesn’t have to be a guilt inducing experience loaded with empty calories and carbs. Add some nutritious legumes and vegetables, even from the freezer, along with some spices to make this a meal you can feel good about serving. Oh, and it will just take a few minutes to make! Enjoy!
Pasta with Ricotta, Peas and Broccoli:

2 1/2-3 cups cooked pasta (I used macaroni)
1 cup steamed, chopped broccoli
1/3 cup frozen peas
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp olive oil
3 TBS ricotta cheese
salt, pepper and red chili pepper flakes (optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese
In a sauce pan, heat up the oil over a low flame and add the spices and garlic. Stir until cobined for a few seconds
Add in the steamed, chopped broccoli and peas and stir
Add in the cooked pasta and stir until coated with spices and oil
Add in the ricotta cheese and stir until it’s all combined
Add salt and pepper to taste and some red chili pepper flakes if you like that
Finish it off with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated Parmesan
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