Try Something New — In Your Neighborhood

By Amy Mascott


Do your kids insist on the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, day in and day out? Do they only want Honey Oh’s for a snack while watching afternoon programs? Will only buttered pasta do for dinner?

For a long while, this was the scenario at my house, and for a long while, things were pretty level, pretty sane. Until something unexpected came along and put a wrench in our little system; then my kids’ inflexibility showed me that something needed to change.

We needed to learn to celebrate the new, to embrace change and to eagerly try new things. We needed to become hunters of new, seekers of fresh and lovers of uncertainty. So each week, our family tries one new thing.

And believe me, if we can do it, anyone can do it. You can get your family to try something new each week without leaving your own neighborhood. Before you know it, you, your children and your spouse will actually look forward to your new adventures.

Before you begin, have a family meeting and explain that you are all going on an adventure on the Trying New Things Train. Or if your kids are too little and will be confused — thinking they really are going to take a train ride — then consider starting New For Us Fridays or Celebrate Saturdays.

Tell them that from here on out, your family is going to try one new thing a week. One thing. And that new thing can be anything at all. The whole family will work hard to find that new thing, and you’ll keep a running list of what you try.


Some things to consider:

  • New foods at the grocery store: fruits, vegetables, snacks, desserts
  • New parks in the area
  • New activities: local sporting events or local concerts
  • New stores to visit
  • New recipes to try
  • New arts and crafts to explore
  • New games to play at home: board games or card games
  • New music to hear
  • New books to read or authors to follow
  • New shows to watch


The possibilities for new family fun are as extensive as your imagination. The sky’s the limit.

The more excited you are about it, the more excited your family will be. And I’m betting that before you know it, your kids will want to try something new every day instead of every week.

So what are you waiting for? Find something new!


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