Board games –
While I fully recognize (and acknowledge that I do it from time to time) it is easier to send your kids to the nearest electronic device and grab some “me” time, it is equally important to play a game or two with them. Board games have made us laugh together, given great opportunities to talk about things that wouldn’t have come up otherwise and to spend some quality time together (I turn off my phone, don’t answer the landline and give them my 100% attention).
During this deployment, I have committed to having one ‘board games’ night a month. We have also used this as an opportunity to clean out our board games and add a few new ones to our Christmas wish lists.
Our recommendations are:
* Apples to Apples (not sure I have ever laughed as much with my kids as I did playing this one)
* Pictionary (There is an adult and kids version. You don’t have to be an artist to play and in most cases it is better if you aren’t)
* Cranium (Each category appeals to a wide range of skills but, I think, you need a group of people so you can make mixed ability teams)
* Monopoly (Honestly, this is my son’s recommendation – he loves this game. I find it looooong and a bit painful!)
* Taboo (Funny for kids to watch adults struggle to find the words and a great vocabulary builder as a bonus)
* Heads Up (Popularized by Ellen and it is also a great App on your phone it also helps when in line ups, waiting for food at a restaurant, at the doctor’s, etc.)
* Chess (It is not always possible to get a group for games and chess allows for quieter moments together too. There is also an online version that you can play. While his Dad is deployed they are playing against each other online. Sometimes my son will wake up and be so happy to see that his Dad has made a move!)
The bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter what game you play with them. The important thing is that you are laughing together, talking and coming together as a family even if we are one family member short!
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