As I’m sure it is for most parents with teenagers, it’s becoming very difficult to spend some time with our oldest son, Tyler. When he isn’t working or doing homework, he’s out with friends.
Don’t get me wrong… I love that he’s popular and has a slew of friends to hang out with. When he was younger, he always said he had no friends (not true at all but I digress), so I guess now he’s making up for it.
Unfortunately, there are days where we send him off to school and we don’t see him until just before bed. It’s part of life, naturally, but at the same time, his father and I love to know what’s going on in his life. We are strong believers in having family dinner together, but with his work schedule, it’s not always possible. So we try to make the best of the situation and schedule a family movie night every once in awhile.
With that being said, we’re ditching the healthy eating for an evening, and ordering pizza, garlic bread and drinking pop. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a greasy slab of take-out pizza so I’m savouring every single bite. The problem with pizza is that everyone has their own tastes. The boys are hooked on Little Caesar’s pizza, while Devin and I prefer Domino’s. Since we’re paying for the pizza, guess who’s decision it is?
I love that we can order pizza online and not have to go anywhere. Technology truly is amazing.
There really isn’t a big selection of family movies out right now but we settled on Max Steel. It reminds me of other robot movies we’ve seen, such as Real Steel (love that movie!), Artificial Intelligence (I cry every time), and of course, one of our family’s favourites, Robots (not well-known but Robin Williams was hilarious in it, as always!).
We all enjoy a wide selection of family movies, as I’m sure your family does too! We’ve been known to pick a movie based solely on who’s in it or what celebrity voices are in it.
Decide on your meal. Whether you splurge on take-out or cook something at home, make sure it’s something everyone can relatively agree on and enjoy. My one suggestion here is to try to make it something that’s relatively easy to handle and eat. Soup or stew will inevitably make a mess.
Video rental places are hard to come by, but there are still some out there. You can also buy movies, or use Netflix or a digital media player. Something like Apple TV, ChromeCast or Roku might be options for you.
Decide on a family-friendly movie. We’ve watched so many animated movies that aren’t technically for adults but do contain a little adult humour. This humour usually goes right above the kid’s heads, which makes it even funnier.
Get as comfortable as possible. I’m talking PJs or sweats and fluffy, warm socks. Whatever lazy-bum clothes you have, get ’em on!
Our boys are awesome helpers with getting cozy because they get every single pillow and blanket in the house (they’ve even stripped a bed or two in the past) and they turn our living room area into a giant bed. Sometimes we have to remind them to leave a hard surface available food and drinks, but it’s SO cozy when they’re done.
This is a great activity for Family Day (if you’re Canadian and celebrate it). Sometimes you just need to take a day to regroup and be lazy together. This is especially true if your kids are involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities.
Have fun with YOUR Family Movie Night!