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Between work, school, extracurricular activities, and growing to-do lists, it can feel impossible to score family downtime. Make bonding a priority by scheduling a Family Night In—ask everyone to keep the evening of November 6 free. And don't worry that your teens will roll their eyes at your request. "Kids not only need to spend time with you—they really want to, regardless of what they may say," says Meg Meeker, MD, author of 10 Habits of Happy Mothers. Meeker suggests the following to make the night a success.
—Let your teens know how much you miss quality family time.
—Choose games or activities that encourage teamwork, not just one-on-one competition.
—Let kids make suggestions—they're more likely to be engaged when their input matters.
—Designate the night as uninterruptable. Turn off all cell phones, laptops, and iPods. (That means Mom and Dad, too!)