52 Uncommon Family Adventures: Simple and Creative Ideas for Making Lifelong Memories - eBookRandy SouthernMoody Publishers / 2019 / ePub$7.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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danniAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5wonderful ideasOctober 1, 2019danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4With today's families being overwhelmed with the busyness of life - activities, school, work, commitments, volunteering, etc. - it's no wonder it becomes difficult to build and foster intimate relationships among individual family members and even as a whole family unit. But intentionally carving out specific times for relationship building activities within families is very important.
Working in the financial industry, my creative brain does not get used very often. That's exactly why I love books like this one. They provide a tool that my brain does not naturally flow to utilizing. Southern spells out 52 simple and creative ideas for families to engage with each other and build memories.
The book is introduced by Gary Chapman, an author I have very much enjoyed in the last several years. He also wrote the famous 5 Love Languages book, which is included as a quick synopsis after the introduction. This is a helpful guide to understanding which ideas feed into which love languages.
There is also a Key Summary page. This includes graphics for the following categories:
- Time Commitment: one hour, half day, full day
- Cost: free, low cost, moderate cost
- Locale: indoors, outdoors
- Love Language: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, Physical Touch
Each adventure idea includes a key for each category and a very specific structure:
- Getting Ready
- Adventure Time
- The Reminds Me
- Family Devotions
- Language of the Day
I wasn't sure what to expect for the ideas but i am thoroughly impressed with the creativity provided in many of the suggestions. A few examples of adventure ideas:
- Thank-You Cards
- Cities To Explore
- Foster a Pet
- Volunteer Day
- Adopt a Grandparent
- Book Challenge
One of my favorites:
- Family vs. Family: Plan a series of contests to be competed between your family and another family. We are a very competitive family and our small group families would definitely enjoy the competitive nature as well.
I did enjoy reading all the fun suggestions. The title is very accurate: they are simple and they are creative.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Activities for familiesSeptember 18, 2019ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Authors Randy Southern and Gary Chapman has written a book that is awesome for all families to have. As I read the activites in this book I was wishing I'd had this book when my son was growing up. If you are on a tight budget of if you just want ideas on how to spend good quality time with your child, this is an amazing book to have. From Making Thank You Cards, to Fostering a Pet, to Finding Cities to Explore, and adding to this, 49 more great and exciting things to do, you will be instilling in you children fun and entertaining things that they can carry on to their own children.
And that's not all! All of the activities have all or most of the following: Get ready time, Adventure Time, Devotions and Language of the Day. This little book is fully planned out. Not only just spending time on activities, this book gives you the opportunity to talk to your children, to discuss things that are so important to them. As you can tell, I love this book, and I hope you will too. So as you think about activities for your family, I highly encourage you to check out this book. With 52 Adventures, you have an entire year of family fun.
A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good Inspiration for Family NightJune 18, 2019Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Randy Southern's book, 52 Uncommon Family Adventures, lays out a variety of family fun nights varying in cost and time. A date for each week of the year, Southern includes:
any prep work needed (if applicable)
steps for making it happen
and specific love languages that it addresses
While some of these adventures may seem commonplace, others are unique and the author seems to take into consideration budget and ages of children. With so many different ideas, the book would be a great place to start when planning a family night. Who wouldn't love a speed board games, bowling with a twist, or a nerf gun war? I especially loved that the author included talking points for conversations and a family devotional tied into each adventure. Both would be a good way to wrap up the evening and still strengthen the family relationships. A few resource for any family looking for a way to draw closer together.
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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