Whether your children are 6 or 16, the opportunity to enjoy quality time together shouldn’t be taken for granted. Starting a family game night once a week allows you to seize that opportunity and show your children what really counts. Don’t delay-start these family game night traditions today.
Turn off technology.
Family game night isn’t about what you’re missing-it’s about what you’re experiencing. Turn off the cell phones, computers, and television while you and your family enjoy each other’s company. Start small (just during the game play) and stretch the amount of time your family goes technology-free with every family game night.
Give everyone the opportunity to select a game.
At the beginning, it may be easier for mom and dad to select the games, trying to appeal to the masses. However, it’s impossible to please everyone, and you may get a better response from children of all ages if they know that once in awhile they’ll get to pick and play their personal favorite game. Create a rotation where everyone gets to select the game for family game night once a month!
My children absolutely love that family game night means we’re going to order pizza, pick up their favorite sandwiches, or have Dad stop at a favorite restaurant to bring home dinner on his way home from work. Don’t waste family game night cooking and cleaning-all bets are off! If money is tight, think of simple ideas for dinner that don’t cost a lot of money (think grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup) but are still a fun treat. Save the ordering in for once a month, instead of every week.
If the weather is agreeable, take family game night outside. Sit on the deck with dinner and a board game and enjoy Mother Nature. If you’re already outdoors, once the game is over your kids are more likely to get up and get active than they are to return to the computer and the television.
Create a theme.
Once a month, set a theme for family game night. If your daughter has selected Clue, consider dressing costumes, dimming the lights, and setting up candles to help set the mood. The theme doesn’t need to match the game-a Christmas party theme with music playing in the background and Christmas cookies to snack on requires only a little additional work and could add some excitement to the evening.