By Erin Kelsey
As the the weather starts to cool off and winter approaches, you might be considering ways to keep your family entertained on a budget. One great way to spend an evening with the family is to have a family game night.
Starting a traditional family game night might be hard at first. Today’s family game night has lots to compete with, from video games to cell phones. Our attention gets diverted by the Internet, episodes waiting for us on the DVR, and text messages. But I can guarantee you that if you start a tradition of a family night, your kids will come to look forward to it and will even ask when the next one is!
There are many benefits to playing games for entertainment. For one thing, it’s cheap. Even if you bought one new game every week, you’re talking about $10-$20 for a night of family fun. What else can you do for family fun for that amount of money? And once your game “library” is well-stocked, family game night becomes free.
Playing games with your children will encourage them to be patient with one another, teaches them to take turns and how to be a good team member, as well as being a good winner/loser. It’s a great opportunity to teach a child how to read and follow directions. And, above all, it’s a great way to spend some family time together.
Getting started is easy. Here are a few tips to get you going:
- Set aside some time for your family game night. You should plan on at least one hour and two hours would be great.
- Look for games that will be enjoyed by the age range of your children. Don’t be worried if you have a long span of years between children. There are plenty of games that can be enjoyed by all ages.
- Lay the ground work. At our game night we do not allow cell phones, home phone calls, or television (unless it’s a dvd game). We do allow background music.
- Game choices can be made by the group or by an individual family member.
Make family game night at tradition at your house.
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