I admire fun moms who play games with their kids, because it doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m great at nurturing, teaching, and keeping the family running, but play — well, not really. Play is important, children not only learn the skills a game requires, but they learn social skills as well, such as taking turns, not cheating, and being happy whether winning or losing. These are not skills a child learns in an orphanage!
I am challenging myself to play at least one game each day with the kids during Christmas break. Those of you who are natural game players may find this pitiful, but those of you who have a hard time slowing down to sit and play a game, will understand just how hard this is. We own many games that I have not played even once, so I hope to make my way through the game cabinet and find out if I like them.
Today is Day Four and I’m off to a bit of a rocky start. On Day 1 I played several rounds of Stomple with Dimples and Sunshine. Day 2 I played several hands of Dutch Blitz with the younger girls. Yesterday I was busy and out and about all day. At 9:00, after all of the younger kids were tucked in bed, I realized I hadn’t played a game with them. Then Sunshine came downstairs complaining that she couldn’t sleep, so I grabbed the Dutch Blitz cards and told her to sit down for a few rounds. As soon as we were done, I sent her back to bed; this probably didn’t help her sleep, but I wasn’t about to blow it on Day 3!
Today I think I’ll give Blokus a try, or possibly Quiddler. I’ll keep you posted.
In good news, Dimples has had two happy days at day camp, and today she is especially glad that they are going ice skating.
#581 – 590 giving thanks
a happy day for Dimples
Christmas shopping nearly done
opening a box of books from Amazon – Christmas presents for the kids
planning the week’s menu with Sweet Pea
Noah and Honeybee doing the grocery shopping!
Samuel driving Ladybug to the orthodontist in Spokane
sunshine on the roads
snow pants found
eggnog in coffee
kids who love to play games
What fun things are you doing with your kids this week?