If you are looking for a fun way to get everyone involved in Family Game Night, then you have to get everyone excited about it! Sally likes game boards, Jack like Video Games, Mom like cards and dad like chess. Rather than spending time debating about which games you could play each week, why not give each family member a week when it’s up to them to make the choice.
Vision Critical (formerly Angus Reid) conducted a survey on behalf of Orville at the end of October around time spent as a family. Here are some of the shocking survey insights:
- 40% of parents are dissatisfied with the amount of time they spend together
- 30% of parents spend 5 to 10 hours per week talking or doing activities with their children
- 10% admit they spend less than 5 hours a week with their children
- 85% of households surveyed have a gaming system; children spend 2.1 hours per day gaming
- 34% of respondents think gaming improves time spent with the family
Those figures are a bit shocking. Being a full time working mother, I only get to spend 3 – 4 hours a day with DD and I feel guilty about it. If I have to play video games to connect with her and spend quality time, then that’s what I’m going to do.
If you have children, there’s little doubt their family game night choice will include video games. Sure, as a parent you might think – “I don’t think so”, but don’t knock it ’till you try it. Kids today are very interested in gaming, so what if you showed some interest in something they were interested in too – I’m sure the kids would be shocked as well as thrilled to have you play along in their games.
There are also family friendly video games that will get you and the whole family up off the couch and moving – while having a lot of fun, great family laughs and some meaningful memories. Sure, you might be intimated that your kids can use the controlls better than you, but let them teach you for once. It will give your relationship with your kids a different perspective and will give your kids a chance to grow as well (I know I always love natural learning situations for my daughter).
Parent’s, we are living in a new time and we need to find new ways to connect with our kids that are meaningful to them. While every game night doesn’t have to include gaming, I think it’s a good way to get your kids excited about spending some time with you (and the rest of the family) as well.
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