After having so much fun playing various board, card and domino games with the family while on vacation this summer we’re instituting a weekly game night into our ongoing schedule of life, work, school, sports, and activities.
Playing games is an easy way to stimulate communication with my kids, but I’m also learning new things about The Hubs — like his favorite board game as a child was an obscure game called Ice Cube!
Here are four easy steps to organize your own family game night:
Pick a night that works for everyone’s schedule. In our house, we do it on Monday nights since it’s one of the only days of the week that the kids don’t have sports or after school activities and us parents have no commitments. Scheduling family game night for the same day each week also ensures that us parents don’t double book anything – because family game night is sacred!
CREATE HOUSE RULES
There are a few house rules that the whole family has to abide by in order to take part in game night. If it’s during the school year, all the kids’ homework must be done, but otherwise, it’s all toys, and stuff needs to be put away, showers taken, teeth brushed and PJs on. For us adults, all electronics must be turned to silent and safely stowed away so as not to intrude on family time. Games are always played at our dining room table where we have room to spread out if necessary and are not distracted by the lure of the TV in the family room. Some of our other “rule” — we alternate weekly as to which family member gets to choose the game we’ll play; decide if any handicaps need to be set for the kids and who goes first, if not indicated in the game’s rules.Continue reading ⇒