Spending time together as a family doesn’t have to be a big expensive event. You don’t have to go to the movies, out to the mall, or even out to eat. All you need to do to have a fun family night together is to get the board games out. Every family has them in the closet collecting dust right? I remember we had a stack of them in our closet. Growing up I fondly remember playing games with my dad and sister. We had a game night quite often and it kept us together. Of course we argued, and she still says that I cheated but it was the perfect family bonding experience arguments and all.
My husband and I love to play board games together. We played them nightly together before we had children. Now that we have children we have a family game night. We play all kinds of games, Uno, Minotauraus, Monopoly, Don’t Break The Ice, The list goes on and on. It’s funny as I sit here writing this post because tonight was one of those nights. My daughter requested Candy Land and my husband introduced them to a new game Triominos. We played two games, which is big for us. Miles has grown so much this last year because it was just a year ago we couldn’t even make it through one game of Candy Land. He’s gained patience and the ability to take turns. Plus they’ve both learned about patterns, counting, and how to have good sportsmanship even though we don’t take score yet. We’re trying to just teach them that’s it’s fun to play games together. So we play for fun.
My hope is that we continue to bond over board games over the years. As they get older we’ll be able to play more complicated games and game night will be longer. I’m sure we’ll continue to have arguments and laugh at the same time. The important thing is that we’re making family memories together.
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