Family game nights can be great fun and are an excellent way of giving the kids an alternative to video games. Not only that, but playing together will help you bond with the kids and provide moments of fun as opposed to just moments of asking them to tidy up!
- Choose the Day
You could keep the same night every week, say a Friday night when it does not matter if everyone goes to bed a little later than usual. A Saturday night works just as well too. Make sure everyone knows which day is game night so they can keep the evening free, especially if you have teenagers with their own social circle.
- Food Plays an Important Part of Social Occasions
You may serve up a family favorite or reserve a special treat for game night, maybe pizza or popcorn or hot dogs. You could let younger children give their input here too.
- Keep a Scoreboard
You may have someone who would rather not play be the score keeper or else you could take it in turns. You may need a scoreboard that you can display between games if you are having a mini league or scores need to be kept for longer. This also keeps family members looking forward to the next game night.
- Consider Inviting a Guest
Guests could be a welcome addition to create more fun. Perhaps neighbors or cousins? You could even form your own ‘Scrabble Club’ in town by putting an announcement in the paper.
- Choose from Popular Family Games
- Connect 4
- Trivial Pursuit
- The Game of Life
- Be Patient with Each Other
The whole aim of having a game night is to get along and have fun, not to end the evening with slamming doors and sulks. Agree on rules, who has the final say (maybe the scorekeeper), and remind each other what good sportsmanship is. Little children may want to cry or sulk at losing but just do not make a big deal out of it and say something encouraging like “Shall we try to beat daddy at the next game?”