Over the past 10 months, our family has become a lot less busy. While this is a result of a global pandemic, this change in pace for our family has been a welcomed one. Our weeks aren’t filled with activities every night, running around from place to place. Starting a family game night may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 simple ways you can create a family game night that can bring the whole family around the table.
Pick a Night of the Week
Our family has found that if we don’t put something on the calendar (digital or physical), it probably isn’t that important. Take a look at your week and schedule a single night where the family can play together. If we add it to our calendar, it’s far more promising that we’ll follow through on the plan.
Pick a Game
Every week will present new challenges. It’s important to pick a game that makes sense for the type of week your family is having. If it’s been a while since the whole family got around the table, pick a game that is less strategic so you can talk about how your day is going. If work and school has been draining, choose a quick card game or dexterity game that will get everyone laughing.
Family game nights are never really about the games. They’re about the connections around the table and making memories. Let the kids know that this time is important. Lead the way by turning off your phone and shutting off the TV. Your kids are going to see that something’s different.
A weekly game night can offer that important time together that can benefit the whole family. You can find board game suggestions and features focused on family gaming at www.oneboardfamily.com.