Parenting Advice for Quality "Family Time"
One strategy is to designate part of the evening (say a half hour to an hour) as "family time." This time might be used for a joint activity, such a game. It is ideal to let the kids alternate choosing the activity for the family, as children don't often have a lot of control of the activities involving Mom and Dad.
Another option is to record TV shows ahead of time that are of common interest or value to you and your children. There are many fun and educational shows on cable television, but it helps if you can watch them when you choose. Or, if you cannot find good shows to record, check out videos or DVDs from the library and watch part of an educational or entertaining show together for your family time.
Finally, reading aloud an age-appropriate novel aloud (e.g., the Chronicles of Narnia series or the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder) for family time is also a wonderful way to enjoy time together for a part of the evening. It can also help your kids wind down from the day and teach them to love reading.
In general, creating family activities that become part of your family's traditions, whether they happen on a daily or once a week basis, can really enhance a family's sense of togetherness and fun.