Family playing gameSome families have dinner together once a week, some do it every night. Some families go out on a Sunday morning and take a long walk together or go to church. Other families commit to watching a family television show on a Saturday night, or like me they have games night where everyone in the family is committed to be present and join in.

All the above help keep a family together and provide time for lengthy conversations and hopefully a bit of fun. There are so many ways you can bring your family together and it can really help with bonding.

Family Games Night Can Really Connect You

I love games night and think it is a fantastic way to have family time. No phones, no TV, just games. Not only that but you are teaching your children about taking turns – choosing the games themselves – and whilst playing them, about how to be a good winner and loser and how to follow rules. They also help children develop important social skills. There are lots of benefits to game playing.

If you fancy giving games night a go all you need to do is decide what night of the week games night is going to take place and get the buy in of the whole family. Then when the night comes around either decide on a game together or let the children choose or even pick a game each they want to play that night. Some games like Cluedo can take an hour or so and work well with older children who don’t get bored. For younger children you may want to choose something shorter like a card game or Connect Four. Give it a go and see how the whole family respond to it. It can then become part of your family routine and a ritual.

Here are more ideas of how to keep your family connected. For more ideas on connecting as a family take a look at The Parent’s Toolkit.

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