Have You Heard Families That Play Together Stay Together

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Take a chance! When you tell the family that it’s games night at your home, the kids might think you’ve come unhinged, but make it non-optional and make sure you make it fun! Take it from me, I’ve done it and it works. Everyone joins in either as a player or a spectator when we played games on XBox. The house is filled with laughter and cheering and it’s nice to see everyone having a good time. Playing games is ageless and there is virtually no generation gap.

Plan for one night a week where everyone will be home. If you don’t have one night where everyone will be there, you need to juggle things around so you have at the very least one night where the entire family is home.

Then there’s board games to consider. You could play everything from Monopoly to Snakes and Ladders depending upon the ages of the children. You could set up themes to play a game for example a Hawaiian theme. Have pineapples and things like that, everyone wears leis. Each person could talk about what they know or as questions about Hawaii. Use your imagination. You know what your family likes.

The game itself doesn’t have to relate to the theme; just the atmosphere and conversation. You could be playing Yatzee, Life, Clue, Sorry, Snakes and Ladders, Don’t Spill the Beans or Uno. It doesn’t matter which game you’re playing. You could incorporate your theme into various intervals throughout the game. Each time someone lands on a red square everyone must take a bite of pineapple. Spin a ten and all must eat a macadamia nut! If you select the Go to Jail card, it’s your turn to do the Hula dance. Get the idea?

At the end of each game night, discuss next week’s theme. Family members can take turns choosing the theme and the accompanying snacks and d

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