It could be any ordinary weeknight between the dishes and pajamas when I may decide to sound all philosophical with the kids. There must be a certain look on my face or tone to my voice at that time because my boys seem to let out a collective sigh when I begin to share a life thought or two with them. I want to add more of these bonding (my boys would cringe on that one) or teachable moments with the kids. My oldest is 15 already and he's plugged into his music literally and totally a lot of the time. I need to grab hold his attention whenever I get the chance considering all of the competing influences in his teen life.
Sometimes I'll be serious. Sometimes I'll be silly. The kids need to know that their Mama (with all her craziness at times) wants to connect with them often and meaningfully. Five minutes here; ten minutes there. Who knows? Maybe even 20 minutes some nights. Family game night is a great idea, but I vote for a family discussion time too.
While watching "The Voice" the other night, I went on and on about grabbing the "creative" in all that you do and experience. My 15 year old son seemed to be interested for the first 5 minutes. By the second five minutes of my lecture, he said, "Mom, I got it." Hopefully, he "got" that I think discussion is as vital as breathing for a family.