Family Game Nights are a Win/Win for Everyone!

21 Mar


GUEST POST By: Sara of All In An Iowa Moms Day


Sara's boys playing Monopoly. Picture was taken at Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. We even have family game nights while on vacation.

Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Chutes & Ladders, and even Boggle! These are just a few of the games that come to my mind when I hear the words, “Let’s have a family game night!”  The ages of your kiddos will probably determine if CandyLand or Monopoly is pulled out of the closet. There are so many fun, family games out on the market today, that there is no excuse for you and your family to not be playing any of them.


One of the most popular excuses people make is, “We don’t have time!” Well, let’s see…. How many hours do your kiddos sit and play video games or watch television? Just by looking at that amount of time, you probably have time to play two or three board games! In the grand scheme of family time~ board games do not take that much time. By giving your kids some attention and showing them that you do care how they spend there time, your kids will thank you! Maybe not today, but when they are 20!



Our boys were playing Monopoly by the age of 4! Yep, that is correct. Hubby is a Monopoly junkie~ our boys have grew up playing Monopoly and love it to this day. When we travel, we often buy the version of the local area we are in.


When you take the time to be involved with your kids, explore new ideas with them, they thrive on the attention. Digging out one of those board games that is maybe tucked away in the back of your closet is one sure way to get your family back together!


So, now that you have decided to have a family game night, make the night extra fun! Maybe enjoy some milkshakes or an ice cream treat, something you don’t normally indulge in. Just a fun way to reconnect with your kids and add some extra fun to the evening. Board games not only encourage our kids to use their brains, but it also teaches them how to win and lose. Being a good sport is an important skill in life! And the most important reason to schedule a Family Game Night in your home~ it brings your family together! The time that you can give your kids, is invaluable! What are you waiting for? Schedule a Family Game Night at your home!  Your kids will be excited and thank you!


About the Blogger:

An Iowa Mom who blogs at all in an iowa moms day , Sara is proud that she was “Bootstrapped in Iowa”  Sara is a blogger, freelance writer and motivational speaker as well.  At the age of 40 (3 years ago), she was forced to have to learn how to walk AGAIN!  Youth groups, womens groups, and civic organizations are people that enjoy hearing Sara speak.  Sara has a passion for writing and helping guide our youth through the crazy teen years!


6 Responses to “Family Game Nights are a Win/Win for Everyone!”

  1. Melody Jones March 24, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    Oh I love family game night! My husband and I have game night just for the two of us and it's still a lot of fun. Cranium is a favorite of ours.

  2. Faith Draper March 24, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    We used to do things like this when kids were all at home – have gotten away from it but may bring back into fashion with grandkids

  3. Brent March 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    We have one of our 3 children left at home. The other two are in college exploring the next phase in life.

    We used to play Skipbo, and Apples for Apples, and regular card games. Monopoly and clue and a Stop Thief (clue with a noise making aparatus) which brought a new enjoyment to sleuthing along. Setlers of Catan is a newer strategy board game that is quite fun.

    Games were a great way to grow up as a family. I never regret doing that. Just wished we would have taken more opportunities to okay together.

    • Sara Broers March 25, 2010 at 3:33 am #

      Fun times. My brother, sister and I spent many hours while growing up playing ROOK with a great aunt. Hours and hours……….Fond memories.
      Sounds like your family has enjoyed board games like ours has. Thanks for the tip on Setlers of Catan. We will have to try that one.

  4. Christy Cross March 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    Love game night! Right now we are limited to Memory and the Fishing game but it's still a blast!

  5. Cindy Springsteen March 29, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Family game night is a great idea, something every family should do at least once a week!

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