Day 7: Play a board game

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Is there anything that hearkens back to a more simpler time playing a board game?

At our house, every Friday night is family night. That means I make homemade pizza and we either watch a family-friendly movie or video (I Love Lucy reruns, anyone?) or we play an old-fashioned board game.

It’s a simple ritual that builds memories and relationships. And it’s completely free.

Gotta love that.

Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order:

  • Uno
  • Charades for Kids
  • Monopoly Jr.
  • Jenga
  • Operation
One word of caution: think twice before playing charades with identical twins. They read each others minds. It’s scary.
A game that happened to be a favorite of mine as a kid has been banished from our game cabinet:  Sorry. For some reason, that game seems to bring out the absolute worst in one of my sons. So for now, it is happily living on the top shelf of our front hall closet;)
I can’t ensure that we will have a smooth and uneventful time when they are teenagers. But, taking the time to invest in those relationships and bonding with our kids has to help open the lines of communication as they get older. Even though a regular family night was unheard of in my childhood home, now that I’m a parent, I can choose to be different, make some memories along the way – oh, and some have fun, too.

Miss a day? All the rest of the 31 Days to Vintage Living are posted here.

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