Family Game Night: Habits of Tight-knit Families
Today, we are living in a busy, hectic world. What with our jobs, school, errands, extracurricular activities, commuting, emailing, and so on, it is no wonder that we have little time to do what is most important to us: Spending time with our family. It is important for us to carve out time each week, if not each day, to unwind, relax, and bond with our loved ones.
How do we do that with the aforementioned obligations? By choosing a night or two to get together each week, we can check in with each other and reconnect. If your family has been too busy for a while, there may be some groans at the phrase “family game night.” But it doesn’t have to be something teenagers and adults will groan about. It can be quite fun, if you get the right games.
For some families, that may mean such classics as Monopoly®, Skipbo®, Sorry!®, and Scrabble®. For others, it may mean Mario Party® for the Nintendo or Wii. Whatever you choose, mix it up each week so that nobody gets bored. It is also a good idea to set up some guidelines. For example, each family member could get a turn to choose a game with no arguments from others allowed. So if the youngest wants to play Candyland® and it is his turn to choose, then that is the game that will be played. And if the oldest wants the family to play the latest videogame, then that is the game for that night. You can always set limits to the videogames if needed (i.e., no violence etc.) Other rules might include no texting, television, or other distractions.
The Benefits of Family Game Night
The benefits are huge: Families who participate in game night or regularly check in with family such as eating dinner together are far less likely to experience problems. Teenagers are less likely to become involved in alcohol or drugs, earn better grades in school, and experience greater well-being when there is a strong family presence.
Young children will thrive in a care-and-share environment and learn that they are just as valued as their older siblings, especially when they get to choose the game. Young children thrive on routine and security. Each family member will benefit from the structure of game night and develop a sense of belonging. Game night, combined with regular mealtimes, can help to bring stability to the home.
Families will also reconnect with each other the old-fashioned way: By talking to each other. Family dinners and game nights open up avenues for communication and expression in a relaxed atmosphere. Kids will feel less pressure to open up when there is already an environment of openness. Laughter does wonders to relieve pressure and stress as does bonding with our loved ones.
Whatever your lifestyle and needs are, take some time to enjoy each other’s company with games and laughter. Bring a little uniqueness to game night with 3D printed games. Let the fun begin!