Catholic Family Fun

As parents, we have so many responsibilities when it comes to our children. We need to feed, clothe, and nurture them. We need to raise them in the faith and make sure that they are educated. But in the midst of all those responsibilities, it is also important to have fun as a family.

Moments of joy and laughter can create lasting memories for both you and your children. Laughter can reduce tension and stress which can help make the challenge of parenting a little bit easier. But, in the midst of our busy lives, where should we begin? How can we incorporate more fun into our family lives without it being just one more thing to add to our lengthy to-do lists?

Sarah Reinhard comes to the rescue with her new book: Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless. Reinhard aims to “join [the] beauty of Catholic faith with the fun of family life, and create a set of activities that you will experience as both memorable and instructional.”

With chapter headings such as “Silly Things to Do Together,” “Story Starters,” “Craft Projects,” “Meals to Share” and “Places to Go,” this book is a treasure-trove of ideas to create fun-filled days for families with children of all ages.

While Reinhard has included a “faith angle” with each activity, there are also chapters dedicated to fostering the faith life of your domestic church. She offers ways to incorporate celebrating saint’s days, suggestions for serving others, and means to foster a family prayer life.

This book also has an accompanying website – www.catholicfamilyfun.com – which features more fun suggestions, web resources, a fun for the month feature, and a place to share ideas.

Catholic Family Fun is a great resource for all Catholic families seeking to bring a little more joy and laughter into their lives.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has a Master of Arts degree in Applied Theology from Elms College. A former Senior Editor at Catholic Lane, she is now the editor of Today's Catholic Homeschooling. She is also the author of The Catholic Baby Name Book and Letters to Mary from a Young Mother. She has two biological sons and one adopted daughter. Visit her blog at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com.