Thursday, 7 February 2013

Family NIght in

I've blogged before about the crazy week we lead, and how with three children all interested in different things means that I am often torn in a million different directions and juggling a schedule that leaves very little room for error.  So, when the opportunity presents itself for a family night in, we jump at the chance!  In fact, Thursday is the only day of the week that we don't have ANY activities and so once homework is out of the way, we all kick back for some family fun and relaxation.

One of the nicest ways to do this is by playing a game.  With the children ranging from 4-9, we have found the best games to be bananagrams, appletters, junior scrabble, Monopoly (and I play with Pixie) Fairytale dominos and operation.     Once I have picked them up from school, we pop into our local tesco for some snacks which the children are allowed to choose and drinks (coca cola for me and HAW, sparkling water for the kids) and head on home for some family time. 

First up, we change into our chill outs and then the fun begins!

This week the kids wanted to play appletters which is a fast paced, domino style game where you connect the letters rather than the dots.  It is the perfect game for us to play as Pixie can also join in.  It has really helped her with her letters and is great for the boys are they get to put words together. 

It also means that we have a lot of "banter"  lots of "mummy, is this how you spell flea?" and "can I put down the word poo?" and, as it has a degree of competitiveness, it is taken quite seriously.  I also find that if the kids have any problems or issues with anything, if we bring it up over a board game on family night, it tends to get discussed with everyone contributing.

Of course, things don't always go to plan and there will be the inevitable squabbling over who won this week, but I find that if we play a game that they each choose, it alleviates any tantrums.   I know that people lead busy lives, and the thought of having to stop, turn on the TV or latop and all form of technology can be hard, but to just sit, chat and play for one night after school is a lovely way to spend time together as a family.

In the Summer we tend to do something in the garden and have a picnic tea, but the most important thing is to actually be there for your children in the present time!

We ended up playing appletters for over an hour tonight, and with lots of supplies to keep us going, we had a really lovely family night in.

Do you have a dedicated "family night?" we also do the same on a Sunday but tend to throw a film in for good measure!  You can check out our album over on Google Plus HERE

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

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