I had the best time this morning, sharing some of my favorite
new games on Windy City LIVE. Val Warner is a DREAM to share a
segment with (that's a woman you'd like to have as a girlfriend for
I don't know about you, but "Family Game Night" has long been a
maternal thorn in my side. It's an epic challenge to find the
perfect night when everyone can clear their schedules, take a beat,
and sit their bottoms down to PLAY.
When my kids were little, I held all the cards. I controlled
their daily comings and going a lot more, and they loved to play
all together as a family. But as they got a bit bigger and had more
of their own agendas, time to play as a family sort of slipped
away. And I wanted it back.
So, without further ado, here are some new ideas to help get us
ALL back to the familial game board, or just playing together in
some way, shape, or form.
-If you build it, they will come!
Don't WAIT for your kids to ask, or the perfect time. Set up the
game or activity, sit yourself down and look like you're having
fun. They'll want some of that too.
-Game time can be anytime
Family game time doesn't always have to take place around a table
at a designated time. Try throwing it in while your kids are at the
kitchen island watching you get dinner ready, in the back seat
during carpool, or in bed one night instead of story time.
-Mix it up - try some new/creative games
Many kids don't want anything to do with a game unless there's a
controller and it's on a screen. There are a lot more options these
days when it comes to fun/entertaining and creative games, other
than the traditional four player board games.
GAMES FROM MARBLES THE
-Da Vinci's Catapult, $24.99
NEW GAME THAT WILL BE IN STORES SOON:
-Modern Family Game, $17.99
OTHER COOL GAMES:
-Buck Buck Moose
Gotta Be Kidding Me?
-The Logo Board Game
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
What to do with your weekend, delivered every Thursday.
Great deals and chances to win prizes, delivered every Monday.
Exclusive offers from our partners,usually delivered twice a week.
Resources for parents of children with special needs,delivered the second Tuesday each month.