3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens)

This time of year is great, everyone is planning to take time off work and spend time with their family.

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Spending time with family this festive season is important.

The Hubby isn't going to be working over the festive period which means there'll be lots of time for us all to do things together.

Often though there's that sudden realisation...

What do we do?!

Before our lives were consumed with the internet and we spent days with our faces staring at screens we somehow managed to spend time with family, but it's easy to forget what you did isn't it?

We will be doing our best to have time away from our devices, making sure we are actually present in our children's lives.

Here's just a few of the things we'll be doing...

Play board games

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Monopoly and Scrabble are great family games.

Anything from Monopoly to Scrabble, Game of Life to Mousetrap. We have loads of board games in our house and the boys have their favourites, Game of Life is one of them. 

The funny thing about these board games is that you can all laugh together, you can chat and play, and enjoy the time as a family.

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Board games to enjoy together.

We sit with the game set up on our dining table, the four of us sat around the table, each with our designated areas. Even LP gets an area and he loves to join in.

Make sure you include the younger ones in the family (obvs!), even if they're too young to understand what is really going on they can be on your 'team' and they win if you do!

Jigsaw Puzzles

The Hubby and I love to do puzzles, and it seems that our boys do too. 

I'm partial to the Wasgij range, I have a growing collection of them...

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Our collection of jigsaws is ever growing.

A couple of years ago we bought BP a Beano puzzle and The Snowman and The Snowdog puzzle and LP really enjoys piecing together his Batman puzzles.

The funny thing is that when the Hubby and I get out on of our puzzles the kids try to help. They want to help find pieces, or place them, and then they get the bug and pull out their own puzzles.

Either way, you're interacting with one another, away from the screens.

Lego Sets

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen that the Hubby and I recently built our Lego Taj Mahal. We've had this set for years and absolutely love it.

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Lego Taj Mahal, that we built together, was a great way to spend time together.

It's so much fun spending time together while building a lego set. Searching for pieces, playfully fighting over fitting pieces, and seeing the completed set (that you built together) is satisfying. 

Not just that but I think it brings you closer together and you get to enjoy each other's company, again away from the screens.

We love lego, the boys have their own sets, and we have ours, but we all love working together. LP enjoyed helping us search for pieces when we were building the Lego Taj Mahal, and BP likes to place the pieces. 

If you get a big enough set you could get the whole family involved!

How will you be spending time with your family (away from screens) this festive season?

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  1. If ever there is a time for a board game i think xmas is it! having said that, I never ever want to see a monopoly board again after my husband made me spend my 20th birthday (10 years ago!) playing monopoly and then insisted we finish the game after we returned from a very drunken night out at 3am. Obviously i lost, as he knew i would!
    A game i have enjoyed playing recently is bananagram.....or cards against humanity! Although we are spending xmas with my inlaws, i'm not sure about the last one lol!!


    1. Christmas is definitely the time for board games, we spent most of the holidays playing some game or other and loved it. I do have to say though, Monopoly is a game we tend to avoid these days because of how long it takes to play! :)

  2. Scrabble is still a firm favourite here too #PoCoLo

    1. Oh yes, we love scrabble too! :)
      Thanks for stopping by. x

  3. I love playing board games with the family, Pay Day is our fave. I used to do jigsaws with my mum quite often, but my OH hates them. I'll have to wait until the baby is old enough to help me! :) #pocolo

    1. I haven't heard of Pay Day, sounds somewhat like Game of Life though, am I right? I'm lucky that both the Hubby and I like jigsaws, and I think our love for them has been passed on to LP too. :)

  4. Anonymous22:04

    Wow I'm so impressed by your Taj Mahal! I love board games and can't wait for the Tots to be old enough to play them (and not just want to eat them). Hope you enjoy lots of precious family time together.

    Dawn x

    1. Hehe, thanks! I do love that thing. :) I'm sure you'll have a lovely time once your tots are old enough. ;)

  5. Hi Morgan, taking advantage of having a little more time to spend with the family at Christmas is important. It's easy to sit back and waste it. We enjoy board games (Yahtzee and Scrabble) and like doing JigSaws, although we don't do as many as we would like as we just don't have the room for an on going puzzle. Other things we sometimes do as a family is online quizzes or browsing YouTube for long forgotten music and enjoying it together (often whilst laughing our socks off).

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


    1. It is so easy to waste the time, we've done that so many times before. This year though we've had a wonderful time spending the whole holidays playing games and having fun together. Ah yes, the long forgotten music is fun isn't it? :)

  6. Ahh! We do love board games and my girls are crazy about Lego...That Taj Mahal is amazing! Well done x

    1. Thanks Kim, board games are the best! :)

  7. This was the perfect post to link up to #FamilyFun thanks so much Morgan. We are massive board games fans here. Junior Monopoly is the firm favourite at the moment. Hope to see you again next week x

    1. Thanks Catie. xx We've just started collecting loads of older board games like Catan and Carcassone, they're a little more complicated but the kids love them!


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