I was talking to my friend today and telling her how I am over the whole gaming thing. Electronics have completely taken over our lives. While they provide some advantages, there are a lot of negative consequences associated with the advancements in this technology. My son is obsessed with gaming and it is a constant struggle to get him to do other things. I am also guilty of being on my phone way too much! It’s an addiction. We don’t want to be bored for even a second. I think I need to teach myself that it is ok to be bored. I need to also spend more time paying attention to my kids…..really paying attention to them…..spending hours playing barbie dolls.
I know I sound like my mom when I remind my kids that growing up, we didn’t have cell phones or computers. We had stationary telephones at our homes and if we wanted to make a phone call while we were out, we got a quarter and went to a dirty payphone booth. I remember countless fights with my sisters when one sister would spend hours on the phone hogging the line. We thought we were in heaven when call waiting was invented and the sister who was hogging the phone could say “Hold on one minutue….” “Hey, I am talking to my friend. I will let Christa know that you called.” Of course they always forgot to let us know….and continued hogging the line…and stealing clothes.. the biting…the slapping…..(but that is for another blog.)
I remember my parents meeting every week with their good friends and playing Rook.
We played outside and outdoor games.
Our family played board games and card games.
…..then electronics changed the world…..
I think that there are many people like me who want to take a step back from electronics and play more good old fashioned games (Clue, Monopoly, Checkers, Scrabble, ect).
I can tell that I am not the only one that feels this way because our neighborhood just started a game club where people take turns hosting game nights. Right now this is an adult thing but they could branch out and host family game nights to include the kids.
We have been on a lot of vacations but one of our favorites that we have done three times is going to the Family YMCA camp in Estes Park Colorado. The cabins that we have rented haven’t had a tv so we pile games in the car and play them at night when we are looking for things to do. Some of my favorite memories with my kids are playing board games with them on vacation! I have a few friends who have “camps” or weekend places. They have all admitted that when they go away to their place, they ditch the electronics and have fun on the land and just hanging out with family. Corrin told me that it is funny that they NEVER play games at their house but when we go to the barndo, we play a million games. I guess it is the change of scenery. Brad and I like to play games with the kids or even have a date night playing Scrabble or Rumikub.
You may be thinking that you have a variety age of kids that really can’t play the same level game. THIS IS NOT TRUE! My oldest child is 19 and my youngest is 4 and can’t read. We found a charades game that has different levels. The level cards that non readers can play with have pictures. My 4 year old had a blast playing with her siblings by looking at the picture and acting it out! You can even play the old game of telephone where one person says something and whispers it to the next person and so on……
LEFT RIGHT CENTER! Adults and older kids can play with dollar bills….younger kids can play with candy!
Here are some suggestions for your family:
- Schedule a family date night playing a board game or games: Some of our family favorites: Scattergories, Taboo, Charades
- Schedule a date night with your person and play games that two people can play (Scrabble, Rummikub, Jenga)
- Schedule a game night with your friends: Have everyone bring a dish and you provide the game and a dish! Some of our favorites: Reverse Charades, Cards Against Humanity (adults only), Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Rook; Our neighbors across the street have come over many nights at the last minute and we have pulled out a game.
- Create an olympics with your adult friends or a kids version. You can do this at home, especially on a beautiful day when you can be outside. Here is a link to a document that will show you how you can do this at home! This is the olympics we created for the barndo! Barndo Olympics template
My question for you is this:
What games do you guys love playing? What games do you play with your little ones?