Game times with my family both from when I was a child, and now as a parent are some of my favourite memories. And this is not a challenge for only parents and children. As a couple you can still have a great time connecting with games.
Turn the phones off and choose a board game for once. I love playing Chess with my husband – even though he almost always wins. On the other hand, I know I can kick his butt on the air hockey table! So if you have no kids and just want to get in on this challenge, pick a game that you both love and go for it. Make a date out of it, pour some wine or have a beer together and just connect.
The great thing about board games is that you can easily get lost in time with it, and it promotes plenty of eye-contact and listening to one another. Not something we always do well. So what could be better on a weekend than a fun family game?
Don’t worry, if you don’t own any board games there are plenty of options on how to participate!
- set-up a scavenger hunt
- cards ( such as go-fish, crazy 8s, blackjack)
- add-a-phrase story challenge (One person starts a story using only one phrase. Then the next person adds the next phrase, then the next person… and so on. The story can go as long or as short as you can make it, but the idea is for parents to try and steer it to funny, exciting or mysterious directions to get the kids really hooked and giggling.)
- bowling (don’t have pins – check your recycling for empty cans or juice boxes!)
- “I challenge you!” (players set up challenges. For example, touching your nose while standing on one foot or dribbling a ball for 3o seconds. Challenges tailored to age of kids)
You can also get creative and start an entirely new game tradition! If you do, share it with other readers by dropping a comment about it.
Whichever game you decide on, keep the focus on the successes and enjoyment of your children. Make sure they feel good about the game you’ve chosen. If there is math involved, help them with it!
If they take too long to make decisions, take a deep breath and stay calm! Kids will take long! Don’t let your frustrations get in the way of making this a positive memory.
As long as you keep things light and fun, kids will not only learn new skills but they will soon be laughing and jumping excitedly. Hugs and high-fives are a must so hand out those feel-good high-fives often and cheer the players on if they feel challenged.
Have fun everyone – happy playing. For tomorrow’s challenge click here.