As children grow up into middle school and beyond, it’s incredibly important to continue to engage them in a way that makes them feel both greatly loved as well as released from the burdens of the world.
One way we want to love our kids is through FUN. As kids mature, the pressures of extracurricular activities and academics can feel like a heavy weight. And certainly as parents, we carry our own burdens of family and work life. Isn’t it wonderful that God has given us family? Our families can and should be a delightful refuge in a world that is sometimes difficult and overwhelming.
Fun looks different for each family depending on ages of kids and resources available. But regardless of age or resources do you know what my kids consistently want? To DO something together! Often times, this time together costs NOTHING but the price of a carry-out pizza!
Here are a few simple suggestions to make your own Family Game Night the best night of your month:
- Make it special! Choose music you all enjoy, decorate like it’s a party, create invites for the whole family on Monday for your Game Night the following weekend.
- Make it yummy! Let kids choose their favorite snacks, drinks or dinner items. Surprise them with a special treat that says, “You’re worth celebrating… just because!”
- Make it a time to connect! Sitting around a game or puzzle is a perfect time to ask meaningful questions, “How did you see God at work in your life this week?” “What was the most significant conversation you had this week?” “Who is your closest friend today and what do you like about them?” Be intentional, and be ready to love and encourage.
- Make it memorable! This could be small prizes, silly hats to wear, or tournament-style play. It could also mean trying out new or beloved games. Whatever memory you make, capture your time with a few selfies! (Cause you’re that cool… Wink.)
A person can do nothing better than to eat
and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil.
This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2: 24-25
What games work best in your family? What ages are your kids?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark, Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training
The 1 Corinthians 13 Parent Series: Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love and their companion Study Guides, are formally launched this month. We are sharing the LOVE with over $400.00 worth of give-aways: books, jewelry, and one-on-one parent coaching with either Lori Wildenberg or Becky Danielson, both licensed parent and family educators. To be eligible for the gifts, comment on one or more of the 1C13P blog posts during the month of February. Winners will be randomly drawn each Friday and notified via email.