I am a stay-at-home mom. I homeschool my children. We are together all the time.

All of these things may lead you to think our family would be very connected, but just being home with each other a lot doesn’t really mean that much. The amount of time we spend together is not enough by itself to constitute a “strong” family.

As a young, working woman expecting our first child, I read an article at the OB’s office that talked about the working mom vs. the stay-at-home mom. Something I read in that article has stuck with me ever since. A study quoted in the article found that while stay-at-home moms HAD MORE time with their children, working moms MADE MORE out of the time they did have with their children.

Basically, QUANTITY of time vs. QUALITY of time.

While encouraging to me at the time as a soon-to-be working mom, I am now very disheartened by that study. And I’m also determined to prove families of all kinds can have QUALITY time, no matter how much or little they are together.

And that is where this 31 Days series was born…

You don’t have to have be crafty or have an education degree or even be the most patient parent in the world to bring your family closer together. A willing heart and some daily choices will take you and your kin a long way towards becoming less like random people living under the same roof and more like a team!

Every day during the month of October, I will post a simple “family tie.” These “ties” will include strengthening ideas for you, you and your spouse, you and your children, and the whole family!

To keep up with this 31 Days series, you can sign up to get each post sent right to your inbox for FREE! I will also link to them at the bottom of this post as they go live!

And to check out LOTS and LOTS more 31 Days series, head over to the The Nester’s lovely space to check out the link-up!


Complete List for “31 Days of Family Ties”

#1 – The Eyes Have It

#2 – Just Say No

#3 – Say Yes More

#4 – Do Something Unexpected

#5 – Turn on the Tunes 

#6 – Fresh Air

#7 – Banish Hurry

#8 – Stop, Drop, and Pray

#9 – Prioritize Your Spouse

#10 – Hug It Out

#11 – Be An Early Riser

#12 – Make a Plan With Your Man {And Reevaluate Often}

#13 – Get Moving

#14 – What Comes Out of Your Mouth

#15 – Step Away From the iPhone

#16 – What Goes IN Your Mouth

#17 – Out With the Bad

#18 – Mom’s {Or Dad’s} Night Out

#19 – Make Memories With Extended Family

#20 – Catch Them Doing Good

#21 – Know Your Limits and Avoid Them

#22 – Let Them See You Kiss

#23 – Become More Disciplined Together

#24 – Give Them Space to Be Kids

#25 – Take Pictures

#26 – Date Your Spouse

#27 – Share the Workload

#28 – Respect and Honor

#29 – Do What You Love Together

#30 – Serve Together

#31 – Laugh!

Click here for a free printable list of all 31 Family Ties!