When I was a parent I probably had too much time on my hands, because when I look back at the games I played with my kids, well…
My favorite game was Deer Hunter. This game was pure genius and inspired by a rare combination of Christmas gifts. My children were in a Christmas play and wore little reindeer horns on their heads. And for Christmas they both got little nerf pistols that fired six nerf bullets.
So we were sitting around bored one day and inspiration hit. My kids were four and five and I said “Let’s play Deer Hunter.”
And the gist of the game was I sat on the sofa with two loaded nerf pistols and they ran around the living room with the reindeer horns on their heads and if I shot them with a nerf bullets, they were dead deer and had to lie down.
We all thought this was a great game and when they had friends over, it was even better as I had six kids running around the living room, more targets and more dead deer, and the last deer or kid standing was the winner. The kids and I loved this game.
And of course, being a male, I needed more fire power, so for family bonding one day, we went to the store and cruised the nerf aisle and I found a rapid-fire machine gun that could fire over 40 nerf bullets in under 30 seconds. Nirvana!
Of course the kids, their friends and I never played Deer Hunter when my wife was around, because even four year old kids, whose idea of fun is sticking small plastic parts up their nose, know that, for some reason, Deer Hunter may not be a game that mommy likes.
But one of the neighborhood kids told his mother he was going over to our house and get shot. Some mothers have no sense of humor and we had to stop playing Deer Hunter, well unless there were no mothers around .
The other game was Blind Side and again my kids were maybe four or five. They would walk down the hallway of our house and I would leap out of nowhere yelling BLIND SIDE grab them and throw them up in the air. Maybe I should have remember to catch them on their way down?
I thought this was a fun game, but one day I noticed my four year old daughter looking very scared creeping down the hallway, checking every door and I realized she was just waiting for me to “blind side” her.
Well we had to stop playing Blind Side and my daughter is almost grown and several years of therapy have assuaged her fear of dark hallways. Every now and then she gets the nervous ticks back, but we are working on that.