A choice is made.
The box is opened. Inside is a board. The board is taken out and unfolded and placed on the table.
Pieces are placed onto the board.
Let the games begin.
It’s family game night again – something we do regularly around here. We have nothing short of 25 board games and 15 card games in our house right now, and they run the gamut from crazy to challenging to hilarious to I-want-to-throw-that-one-in-the-trash. If it were up to me, we’d play family games every single night.
It’s a real bonding experience – in more ways than one.
Give yourselves some credit, moms and dads. Game night is not always the easiest thing to do with your kids. It’s easy to stick them in front of the TV or Wii or computer and let them zone out.
It’s hard work to get the family to do a common activity all at one time.
It’s hard work to find a game that everybody can play and have an equal chance at winning, regardless of age.
It’s hard to referee who goes first, who goes second, and who’s accidentally (or not) gone out of turn.
It’s hard to assuage the disappointment of the youngest child when she doesn’t win.
It’s hard to not get frustrated when they just.can’t.spin.the.spinner.properly.
It’s hard to remain patient.
Heck, it’s hard to keep all the pieces of a game together so that you can play it in the first place!
But from all of that difficulty comes huge family wins.
It’s a win to see the kids get so excited to beat the grownups. Especially when it’s legitimate.
It’s a win to see them develop strategy and planning and problem-solving over time.
It’s a win to see them learn the rules of fair play and sportsmanship.
It’s a win to see them (try to be) courteous.
It’s a win to see them overcome disappointment.
It’s a win to see them encourage each other and us.
It’s a win to share common jokes and just laugh and be.
So, the days, months and years go by, and we keep on rolling dice, dealing cards, moving pawns and doing the thing we do better than anything else: being the Ross Family.
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