Is Relaxing With The Family Possible During A Game Night?
Do You Want To Play A Game?
Sometimes, it's nice to have those moments when it's you and your kids; those moments where you can hang out at the dining room table and roll the dice and move your player around the board in your pursuit to get to the game's "home".
Or you might be teaching your kid how to play chess or checkers, taking the warm pride of your child learning a new skill and realizing how much they're learning from this special time together.
"Mom! She's cheating!"
OK, so life doesn't always turn out like Norman Rockwell painted it. We make wrong turns, we start with good intentions and we try our best to follow through on everything. But some nights, we just want to chill with our kids and play a game that doesn't always involve technology.
The problem is, sometimes our kids don't always understand that it's OK to just relax and have fun playing a game; invariably, it may boil down to excitement about spending time with Mom and Dad turning into a competition for their attention. However, teaching them the fine art of playing a board game can be one of the best things you can do for a kid, and as we all know, it can be a lot of fun.
While it's easy to understand how enjoying board games can be challenging at times - in today's tech-oriented world, it's sometimes hard to appreciate how a tech-free game can be a good time - it's also easy to see how much fun it can be. You get to see a whole different side of your kids, for starters; they learn about the fine art of winning and losing, interacting with the family in a whole new way, and once they go beyond the whole idea of "needing" to win, they relax and become even more entertaining to be around.
You also learn that sometimes, they become a little territorial and almost like real estate barons. I recall when my sister and I were kids - we were...considerably younger, and still living at home - she would routinely stack Boardwalk and Park Place (whenever she got those two properties) with every house and hotel she could muster and routinely clean me out. It was the first time I'd ever seen that side of her - though in retrospect, when we would play Triple Action Biplanes on the Intellivision gaming system, there was no playing "together." She would use every chance she got to down my plane. I'm sure my parents learned a great deal about their girls during that time of our lives, and now it's my turn to see those behaviors developing in my own children.
A Little Bit Of Fun
The Untold Benefits Of Games
Whether it's about going head to head in a card game, working through some strategic moves in battle games like Risk, or just trying to learn to go through scientific possibilities as you work through a game of experiments, working through a game night with your kids teaches you a lot about them. You can also learn a lot about them because the night would certainly lend itself to conversations between you and them - nothing heavy, because there's nothing like a "we need to talk" from a well meaning parent to send kids running in the opposite direction - and will definitely show you how their own developing sense of maturity and logic develops.
You might not, at first, have a whole lot of patience when it comes to doing a night like family game night; it all depends on how old your children are and how willing they are to try something new, like a new game. It's not easy, particularly if they are still young enough that they are throwing verbal temper tantrums when things don't go their way.
Learning and play are necessary components to growing up; it's important that you allow you and your kids to share in that moment. For starters, you probably don't get near enough the playtime you should. What better way to get more time playing than legitimately doing so?
Your kids would definitely appreciate your efforts a whole lot if you rolled the dice and took a chance.