Because the holidays mean family, what would be better than
planning a game night. Here are some ideas...
Sometime before the big event, have an "Organizational
Committee" meeting in other words, the family
should discuss the plans together!
At this meeting, all rules and guidelines for the event
will be established. For example, will this be a competition
or just for fun? If it is a competition, will there be teams
or just individuals? What does the winner win?
Special snacks should be prepared for the participants.
One interesting way to do this would be for each person to
contribute their favorite snack, whether homemade or store-bought.
Try selecting quick-moving games and don't linger too long
on any one game. Sometimes, the rules might need to be slightly
changed to adapt the game to the event.
You might even try creating your own game! Use the foundation
of one game, but make up new rules or new "cards"
or game pieces that can really bring some life to some old
How will this activity promote the parent-teen relationship?
The simple act of setting aside a night for each other is
a major accomplishment for some families who hardly have time
to be together.
Forming teams for a competition may allow certain family
members who normally have difficulty getting along to bond.
This will give parents an opportunity to set an example of
good sportsmanship by obeying the rules, maintaining a good
attitude, not arguing or fighting, etc.
How about this . . .
If your family enjoys this activity enough, it could
become a regular weekly or monthly event.
Each month a different family member could be "in
Different themes could be explored table games
one month, outdoor activities the next, etc.
Thanks to www.mfrc-dodqol.org for this article.