Why family game nights are important
It’s a new year and you’ve probably been spending the last couple weeks coming up with New Year’s Resolutions (lose weight, be healthier etc.) but what about spending quality time with your family (be it your spouse, your parents, your in-laws, your siblings, your children– whatever the make up of your specific family may be)? No matter what your family looks like a family game night is a great way to spend time with each other and have fun at the same time.
What is your family’s makeup?
The first step in planning a great family game night is to have the proper games for your family’s particular makeup. My family for instance consists of my husband and myself. We do our game nights one of three ways:
Just the two of us– Usually by having a card game tournament (go fish, 7up, crazy 8s, poker, war) or a 2 person compatible board game (life, battleship, monopoly)
My husband, my father & myself— We go to my parent’s house (two blocks away) & play cards with my dad usually about once every couple weeks.
My husband, his sister, her husband and myself–These are our big family game nights the ones I really enjoy. I usually make a special dish (or we order pizza) and we choose from the collection of board games I own (taboo, scene it, trivial pursuit etc.) We try and have one of these game nights once a month (it is difficult to schedule a time when none of us are working)
Other examples of makeups are: two parents+children, one parent + children, triple generation (grandparent(s)+parent(s)+child(ren)) the list goes on.
Choosing the games
What type of games would you like to play ? Board, Cards or Video?
What games are recommended for the age group playing?
What games do you already have at home?
Choosing the food
Believe it or not family game nights are not ALL about the games. They are about spending quality time together & what do people like more than eating? Our family game night meals consist of one of the following
Spaghetti & mozzarella stuffed meatballs
Ham & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
We also have snacks & drinks:
Veggie and/or fruit tray
Scheduling the family game night
Make it a routine & schedule it in your planner
is it going to be a weekly/bi-weekly or monthly occurrence?
is it going to be the same day each time or different?
what schedules need to be considered?