You and your spouse work. The kids go to school and are involved in sports, band and clubs. Plus they want to hang out with their friends. There are errands to run and household chores for everyone. You're lucky if you get to talk to each other a few minutes a day. We all lead busy lives these days, so if you want to have some family time, you have to plan for it.
Tip No. 1: Make a plan
Let everyone know that Sunday night is family movie night. Sunday's a good choice for everyone to gather because school functions are usually on Fridays and Saturdays. And having a cool element, such as a fancy, new Samsung plasma 3D TV will keep the kids from whining as you begin the tradition. By the time the newness wears off, the routine will be set!
Tip No. 2: Pick a movie
Picking a movie everyone wants to watch can be a challenge. You can use the reward system. For example, if one of your kids made the all-A honor roll or scored the winning goal for the soccer team this week, that child gets to choose. If you have two kids, there are four people in the household. There are four Sundays in a typical month. That makes it easy. Or you can determine a theme for each month and pick movies that relate to the theme. For example, in January, all the movies you watch could be about winter. February could be about love, love for a pet, family, etc. Just find a system that works for your family, pick a move and then slip the disc in the Blu-ray player.