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5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Successful Family Movie Night

5 Simple Ways to Set Up a Successful Family Movie Night

There’s something about movie nights that makes family time extra memorable. After a busy week at school and work, movie nights create opportunities for the family to bond and improve relationships. But then, everyone knows how expensive movie tickets can be. Besides, why would you want to spend a night watching a movie in a room full of strangers when you can do it in the comfort of your own home? Here are some great tips on how to host a successful movie night your family will love.

1. Decide What Movies to Watch Beforehand

Picking a movie everyone will agree with can be challenging. What if dad’s more into action, mom’s more into romantic comedies, and the kids want cartoons? There are a couple of ways to solve this problem.

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If you have a family comprised of kids and tweens, you can decide to watch two or three movies for the night. The first movie would be for the younger kids and the second would be for mom and dad (and for the teens who are allowed to stay up a little later). Another option would be to have everyone submit a selection or draw from a hat. Or just to let each family member take turns in choosing a movie every week.

The important thing here is to get a film everyone (or at least the majority) will enjoy. For example, if you want action movies that the kids will enjoy, you can pick The Avengers or Indiana Jones. Still not sure what movie to watch? You can also check out IMDB or Showbox to get ideas on what movies to see.

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2. Get Creative – Pick a Theme!

Get everyone excited by creating a theme for your movie night. For example, if you’re going to have a Lord of the Rings marathon, you can decorate the living room to make it look like Bilbo’s hobbit house. Fun themes make movie nights extra special. You can make it even more interesting by having movie-themed plates, cups, and even T-shirts.

3. Prepare Your Own Snacks

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    Themes don’t only go with the setting. It’s also good to create movie-inspired snacks to excite the kids. This could be simple as french fries or as elaborate as this Finding Dory treats or Cheshire Cat Cupcakes. For parents who like to prepare healthy snacks, some great ideas for movie snack treats are zucchini chips, baked pickles, and candied grapes. If you don’t have much time to prepare, you can always go for popcorn. And it doesn’t have to be boring. Check out these yummy popcorn recipes to flavor up your movie night. Preparing snacks with your family can make for a great bonding time before the movie starts. Remember to pick easy recipes your kids can help prepare.

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    4. Arrange a Good Setup

    Nothing can ruin a movie night like a bad setup (messy environment, poor visual quality, noisy background). Invest in having good movie viewing equipment by purchasing a bigger TV and creating a comfy viewing space for everyone. Keep it as cushy as possible. Make sure everyone is having a great time by having good comfy seats. Also, just because you planned the movie night doesn’t mean you have to take on all the responsibilities. Give everyone tasks like cleaning, arranging, or setting up the video and audio before the movie rolls.

    5. Schedule

    Lastly, don’t forget to schedule your movie night. It’s best to plan a monthly or weekly date which everyone can attend. The purpose of family movie nights is to strengthen bonds and create happy memories that will be remembered by everyone for years.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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