I started this site of Family Game Night Ideas to help people spend more time together as a family. Lately I have seen people stating that they were having trouble finding the time to get started and today I am looking to share some ideas to help.
Making The Initial Commitment
The first thing in creating a game night for your family is to make a commitment to do so. Discuss with your spouse and children your desire to have a game night and together come up with a night that works for everyone. Then mark it on your calendar, planner, or whatever you use for scheduling. Also, try making a big note to hang up on the refrigerator announcing your game night!
By discussing the idea with your whole family you can build up excitement about the idea. Then you can use that to help build your momentum to get your night up and running.
Maximizing Your Time
The next most important thing in having a successful start is to maximize your time to have a game night. This can be done in several different ways:
- Plan ahead, know what games the kids want to play.
- Have an easy dinner such as pizza.
- Avoid school nights or make sure homework is done early.
Basically you just want to make sure that your schedule is clear of any other distractions. Next make sure any daily chores or homework is done early so that you don’t have to cut the game night off short.
The point of having a Family Game Night is to spend time together as a family and this should be a priority that once planned is set in stone. Don’t schedule other things that would conflict with or compress your time allotted. Following these simple steps should give you plenty of time to have a fun filled evening with your family.
Know What Games To Use
Knowing ahead of time what games the kids want to play can really help save a lot of time. This can be done simply by talking to your kids and finding out what they want to do, or you can take a more advanced route that I reviewed in the post — What Board Game Should We Play. Another option would be to select several games and form a short list for the family to choose from. Lastly, if you haven’t already, I would review The Basics page on the site here for more detailed information.
When it all boils down to it, finding the time is actually pretty easy. Making the commitment to the night and having a successful one is where the challenge lays. However, I am here to help you with that and if you have any questions or concerns please let me know in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer them for you. Make sure to check the email notification box so you know when anyone replies to your comment.
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