This weekend really marks the end of summer for many people, when the clocks go back and those dark evenings begin to make their appearance. It won’t be long before dusk falls really early and we all scuttle home as quickly as possible.
In the summer, you often find that you stay out with the kids until way past bedtime as the weather’s so nice and everyone’s having a great time. However, during the cooler months, staying in becomes much more appealing, but those long winter evenings can drag if you’re not careful; you have to have ideas for how to fill that time without getting bored.
For moms who want to do something other than watch TV when the little ones are tucked up, there is always something to do online for entertainment. Of course, you can catch up with your friends on social media, do some work or emailing. Or there’s a large choice of different games you can play. If you like to chat to others while playing, online bingo is a great option as the game is so simple to play. In fact, the only effort you have to make is decide which game to play and how many cards to buy. On many sites you don’t even need to pay to play once you’ve made an initial deposit – you can find out more on how to play free bingo online here. Once you’re playing a game, you can join in the banter that’ll be going on in the bingo site chat room. There, you can talk to other people who are playing the same game as you and there’s always a chat moderator who makes sure everyone feels included in the conversation.
If the children are older and stay up that bit longer, you can always choose to put on a movie night. Don’t just flick through the channels and see what’s on. Pick a movie in advance, make sure it’s something that appeals to everyone, and then serve up all the snacks that you’d usually get at the movies – nachos and dips, popcorn and sweets. OK, it may not be the healthiest night in, but it’s not a big deal if you only do it now and again.
Another great choice for a family night is to get out those board games – instead of everyone being on their own tablet or phone. The kids may take some persuading to play the more traditional games, but see if you can persuade them – they’ll end up having more fun than they imagine. If you don’t feel like a long game like Monopoly, you can always choose a game that’s quicker to play, such as Banagrams or Connect4.
And if your family is getting a bit cabin-feverish from spending too much time indoors as it’s dark outside, do something to work some of that excess energy off; put something like JustDance on the games console and have a good old dance-around with the kids. It’s fun to mess around and for everyone to let their hair down – and it’ll wear everyone out before bedtime too!
To get through the long winter evenings, the best idea is to mix it up a little and do something different every night. It won’t be long before the clocks spring forward again and the days get longer.