In the last year, our family has stepped it up a notch with our gaming. Yes, there is electronic gaming that we have to carefully monitor, but the gaming I am talking about here is that which requires people, conversation, and the numerous emotions that naturally present themselves in the heat of the moment that allow for character training in very real moments.
I am a big fan of games, however, for so long, it seemed too exhausting to get games out of the cabinet, not to mention the effort necessary to actually teach our children how to play them. What I have realized, is that games offer a tremendous amount of learning and application of the mathematical skills that we, as parents, so desperately want our children to embrace and fine-tune. What once seemed like another “job”– to teach our children how to play a game, has turned into quality family time that the girls crave and ask for night after night. And guess what– it doesn’t take nearly the amount of time that my mind imagined it would and has helped us to get out of the nightly rut of turning on the TV, although we do that too. I have been amazed at the critical thinking that I have witnessed both of our daughters demonstrate and it is becoming all too common for them to catch an error made by my husband or myself. Humbling, for sure!
I have begun leaving games out in a basket so that we are encouraged to play a game as a family instead of plugging into our technology and forfeiting active togetherness. There is certainly a time for down-time/technology time, however, it is easy to get trapped in that habit without realizing it. We certainly were, however, games around our now scratched up, marked up living room table have reunited us and provided lasting memories that we’ll treasure always.