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We all know that spending time together as a family is important. But in our rushed, hectic, non-stop lives, it seems to be getting harder and harder. Kids have activities, sports, tutoring or just want to hang out with friends. You’re so frazzled getting home from work, it’s sometimes all you can do to throw a frozen pizza in the oven and hope for the best before everyone crashes on the couch, or worse, in separate corners of the house, lost in their phones or video games.
But what if you made a change? What if one night, you made a rule of no electronics? After all the dishes are cleaned up, and kitchen tidied, you sat down at the table for Family Game Night?
Why a Family Game Night
Playing games together is the perfect way to spend quality time. While getting everyone to take a break from electronics might be a challenge at first, it’s so important to make those connections in the real world. It’s also a jumping off point for increasing family communication, strengthening bonds between parent and child, and between siblings.
It’s also a great way to learn teamwork, good sportsmanship, and even practice math skills like counting, adding and subtracting. Developing focus, patience, persistence and increased attention spans will definitely benefit kids at school, and in life.
You might even find that it becomes your family’s favourite activity, creating happy, positive memories that last a lifetime!
How To Host A Family Game Night
Ideally, you could do this every week, but if it’s a new habit, try every other week to start (although if it turns out to be a hit, you might find the kids asking for it every night!) Pick a night, and make a plan. Friday might be easiest to start, as there’s not as much pressure for homework, bedtimes or preparing for work and school the next day. Tell everyone in the family, so there’s no surprises when it comes time.
Decide on a meal ahead of time. Simple and quick is the key, so game night doesn’t get derailed. Try popping a freezer meal in the crockpot in the morning, easy make your own pizzas (naan bread, pizza sauce, cheese, and favourite toppings), or This recipe for Easy Garlic Shrimp Pasta.
If you already have a favourite board game the family loves, try that one to start. If not, check out our some of our ideas for Best Games for Family Game Night. With short, quick games, you can play a few times in a row, or switch it up with a few different games. This is also a great way to introduce your kids to popular and favourite games when you were a kid!
You might get push back at first, especially if your kids are hooked on video games or tv. I’ve had to resort to bribery on occasion! Special treats you can serve, or candy or popcorn you can munch on while playing is one idea to tempt them.
Take Your Family Game Night Up a Notch
Are you already hosting Family Game Night, and looking for more ideas?
- Got a super competitive family? Try playing as teams or incorporate friendly wagers, like chores for the losers, or winners get to pick the next movie for family movie night.
- Take Family Game Night outside in summer! Try backyard games, or outdoor versions of some of your favourites (you can find more outdoor summer fun ideas here)
- Invite your neighbours over for a potluck dinner. Compete as family teams, or adults vs. kids!
- Check out more ideas for Bestselling Games on Amazon
Try some of these ideas and host your own Family Game Night! Got favourite games or other ideas you do in your family? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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