Movie Night: Fantastic Family Bonding
Looking back to my childhood years, I have a lot of fantastic family bonding memories. In between the barrage of extra-curricular activities that we participated in, my parents regularly wove family-only events like game night and movie time. Whether we were sitting around the table playing a game or engaged in a movie, it was quality time that was spent with my family.
Now that I’m a mom, I value those experiences even more. We’ll often sit and play games together but our absolute favorite in-home bonding moments revolve around movie night. With so many easy-viewing options such as video-on-demand, Netflix and streaming, or just good ol’ DirecTv, picking the perfect movie is never a problem and we don’t even need to leave our house.
Here’s the deal around our house. Movie night is a reward. But it isn’t one of those “Do this or that and we’ll have movie night.” It’s we had a great day/week/whatever and you have been very good/helpful/whatever… “How about a movie night tonight?”
I’ll be honest, thought… it’s not just about the movie. It’s about the whole event and everything leading up to the movie. The food, drinks and snacks – even the placement of who is sitting next to who on the couch. (It’s usually a fight over who gets to sit next to dad and who has to sit next to mom.)
Collective Bias was curious about our family movie night adventures and asked us to share a typical shopping experience in preparation for it. So we set off to Target and put together a Whrrl story.
As you can see from the story, a movie isn’t just about what is on the screen. It is about the entire experience. While we could make it easy, we prefer to make it good.
In the meantime, DH is making popcorn. Not microwave popcorn… Not even air popped. He uses a hand-crank popper that we received as a Christmas gift a dozen or so years ago. Wasn’t until a few years ago that we actually cracked it open to use. Wish we had done it sooner. If you don’t own one, seriously add it to your Christmas list. You can find them at stores like Target in with all the gift basket stuff during the holidays. Anyway… He tops off the popcorn with salted butter and Morton’s popcorn salt then serves it up in the kids special popcorn tubs. They eat it up both literally and figuratively.
As with most families, we spend a lot of time running here and there and feeling like there is no down time. We could each do our own thing when the weekend rolls around but instead, we do something together. When it boils down to it, we really want our kids to grow up with wonderful memories of bonding as a family… memories that will mean even more when they have kids of their own. If you’re already plan family-time, kudos. If you haven’t set aside time for a movie night, give it a shot at least once. Just make sure you spend the extra time adding the details like great popcorn and a nice place to cuddle because it makes all the difference in the world.
About the author: Nicole Brady logs most of her blogging hours at SahmReviews.com, focusing on story-based reviews that highlight how products and services interact with our everyday lives. Social media and blogging have been a great collision between her degree in business and her love of writing. But her experiences wouldn’t be worth writing about if it weren’t for her wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters.