Survive Xmas With Teens... Through Game Night!
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Day 11: GAME NIGHT
Family time is absolutely important, and with TV on full blast 24/7, it’s hard to find time to get together without any TV noises in the background.
This holiday season, set aside 1-2 hours every week for a game night.
Yes, board games are a bit ‘lame’ when there’s an iPod, DS, cell phone or laptop that can entertain us teenagers just as well, but the core advantage of a game night is spending time with family!
After setting aside a few hours on a specific night for the next few weeks, get everyone in the family to join in and think of two games they’d like to play together with the family – depending on what time you choose, it can be an outside or inside game (it IS getting warmer in some parts of the world, right?).
Obstacle One: We have no board gamesSolution:
Borrow some, or even visit the local Toy Library – there’s bound to be some educationally entertaining games out there!
Obstacle Two: My teenagers don’t know how to playSolution:
This is the reason for game night. I must say I’m shocked at the amount of young people who’s knowledge of card games does not stretch beyond ‘Snap’. Here is where you come in: YOU KNOW SO MUCH STUFF THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM YOU! :)
This is the perfect time to learn, as well as having everyone join in with a game where there’s no animated Pokemon jumping out at you from all angles of the screen!
Obstacle Three: We can’t decide on a gameSolution:
Everyone writes down two or three options of games they’d like to play/they know of on different pieces of paper. Put there in a box, and every game night, draw one out of the box, and that will be the game for the next few hours. It’s fair, because everyone gets a say, and a turn to get the family to join in with something they like, and the uncertainty of the game, well, will only make it just a bit more exciting!
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Happy Holidays! Eva-Maria
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