When the weather is yucky and your family can’t go hiking, what do you do? Do you sit around and mope about being stuck inside not hiking, or do you play a game together to take you minds off hiking? Family game night is such a great idea. Families often play sports together and this is just more family together time. It gathers a family together as a unit and gets the kids away from the television and video games. It can also give mom and dad a way to increase family communication. You can think of it as a micro-vacation and a way of creating new family memories.
First, make sure to clear the calendar. Make sure every member of the family considers this “a date” and is a priority. It also creates a sense of anticipation. Make sure that this is a family-only event. You can have other events to include friends and other guests, but this is a special family night.
Turn off any possible interruptions or distractions. This includes the television and cell phones. And all homework assignments should be completed.
Make sure to choose the right game. While mom and dad may want to gather around custom poker tables, the kids will probably want something different. Consider a rotation system where different family members get to choose the game each week. Make sure that you change the game. This creates a more level playing field for age and skill level.
Mom and dad can consider this time for teaching. Manners, sportsmanship and social skills can be reinforced on game night. It’s a great way for kids to practice and learn these skills in a secure environment.
Because families usually have members of varying ages, it’s important to make sure everyone can participate and enjoy the activity. Young children will probably thrive with games that can be played numerous times instead of one lengthy game. If you are thinking about playing a game that is new to the whole group, consider having a favorite game on hand just in case! So make it a priority — bring your family together weekly for game night