We have been doing this for a long time, and though our kids groan about it, I think they secretly don't mind too much when we plan these activities, because it usually turns out to be a pretty good time.
Last weekend, The Brain and I decided to put a FFF camping trip on the calendar, and pretty much discovered there is NO 3 day period between now and DECEMBER that we can all 6 be available for a camping trip. We didn't look into January. When did we get so busy? And who are all these grown ups living here who can't take off work, or can't leave other commitments?
SO our choices are:
- Not go camping at all, because everyone can't go. That hardly seems fair to our younger children who frankly don't have too many camping memories to start with...
- Go at a time when most everyone can go. This would involve basically choosing which person to leave out by the weekend chosen. One weekend, everyone is available, except the kid with a swim meet. The following weekend, everyone else available except a different kid with a college exam.
- Use the "Forced" option of FFF and tell everyone they are required to miss whatever it is, and just be there. Again we run into the problem in #2 by which weekend we choose.
- Look into January.
We've gotta figure something else out.