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Cameron143

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Do families still take time on regular basis just to enjoy one another as they enjoy a time of diversion?
I'm asking somewhat selfishly as I had children later in life and still have a houseful of misfits and I'm looking for some fresh ideas.
 

TheNarrowPath

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Yep one day of the weekend is usually our family time, so after church we go get lunch and go to the park or local beach. At home we have a lot of board games but the interest now is in online gaming which happens to be a lot of fun. If you want them away from the devices you could introduce them to physical games they might not know of eg knuckle bones, elastics, double dutch - just simple games that require things youd have at home anyway. You can look them up on YT as well. Or teach them tag or softball well really you only need 2 or more players :)
 

Cameron143

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Yep one day of the weekend is usually our family time, so after church we go get lunch and go to the park or local beach. At home we have a lot of board games but the interest now is in online gaming which happens to be a lot of fun. If you want them away from the devices you could introduce them to physical games they might not know of eg knuckle bones, elastics, double dutch - just simple games that require things youd have at home anyway. You can look them up on YT as well. Or teach them tag or softball well really you only need 2 or more players :)
All great ideas. Thanks. Some we do. Those outdoor games look interesting.
 

JohnDB

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"Minute to win it" contests....

Like stacking 3 golf balls inside of a minute on an end table.

I'm sure you get the idea....there's a website with these things.
 

Cameron143

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"Minute to win it" contests....

Like stacking 3 golf balls inside of a minute on an end table.

I'm sure you get the idea....there's a website with these things.
Awesome and thanks.
 

Dino246

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Do families still take time on regular basis just to enjoy one another as they enjoy a time of diversion?
I'm asking somewhat selfishly as I had children later in life and still have a houseful of misfits and I'm looking for some fresh ideas.
I married (again) recently. We have been enjoying table games several evenings each week. It's not the most original idea, but if your family generally "gets along", it's a great way to build relationships.
 

Cameron143

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I married (again) recently. We have been enjoying table games several evenings each week. It's not the most original idea, but if your family generally "gets along", it's a great way to build relationships.
Are there any particular games your family likes to play?
 

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Do families still take time on regular basis just to enjoy one another as they enjoy a time of diversion?
I'm asking somewhat selfishly as I had children later in life and still have a houseful of misfits and I'm looking for some fresh ideas.
We have dinner together every night. Sometimes we have game night or movie night or audio book night. Camp fire nights in the back yard, we have share your music night too. Everyone plays their favorites on you tube.
 

Cameron143

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We have dinner together every night. Sometimes we have game night or movie night or audio book night. Camp fire nights in the back yard, we have share your music night too. Everyone plays their favorites on you tube.
Great suggestions. Thanks.
 

Dirtman

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A share your ideas and learning night are also fun. Also share the stuff you found on youtube and thought funny or interesting.we
Nerf war is fun for all ages,
 

Dirtman

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We had everyone make an element of dinner night. So my daughter made potatoes soup one son made custom grilled cheese and another son made blondies. Which is vanilla Carmel brownies rather than chocolate.
So on share what ya learned it can be obscure facts, like a misunderstood line in a movie, kind of fun stuff. Not school stuff.
 

Cameron143

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We had everyone make an element of dinner night. So my daughter made potatoes soup one son made custom grilled cheese and another son made blondies. Which is vanilla Carmel brownies rather than chocolate.
So on share what ya learned it can be obscure facts, like a misunderstood line in a movie, kind of fun stuff. Not school stuff.
All great ideas. Thanks for going above and beyond
 

Dino246

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Are there any particular games your family likes to play?
Yahtzee, Dominoes (several variations), and lately, Ticket To Ride.

Camel Up and Settlers of Catan make frequent appearances too.
 

MsMediator

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Watching movies together is fun too with popcorn, fries or other types of snacks.
 

Billyd

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The way it was when our children were growing up.

Dinner at the table is mandatory for the family, every night. After dinner, it's Bible study, prayer and home work time, again at the table. Usually end the evening with family TV. Older teens allowed to go to room for TV time.
 

Cameron143

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The way it was when our children were growing up.

Dinner at the table is mandatory for the family, every night. After dinner, it's Bible study, prayer and home work time, again at the table. Usually end the evening with family TV. Older teens allowed to go to room for TV time.
Thanks for taking the time to share.
 

Magenta

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Good morning, Cameron :) Do you have relatives living near-by? Perhaps making
time to spend with extended family is a good way to build relationships, also :D


I was born and raised in a rather large family (I have ten siblings), and we were
almost always visiting some relatives or another on a Sunday afternoon and perhaps
staying for dinner, or having them over to visit with us and stay for dinner :) While
the adults visited with each other the kids would often play board games :D