Fun Ideas For Your Next Family Game Night

Family game nights can be the perfect time for everybody in your family to bond, let go of any stress they’ve been having, and just have fun. You could have a game night once a week if you’re ambitious, but even having one once a fortnight or once a month could be a great idea, if that’s all you have time for.

Below, we’ll take a look at some fun ideas for your next family game night. Take a look and see what you can do to have the best time!

Rotate The Games You Play

Your family probably has some favorite games that they love to play, but this doesn’t mean you should stick to them the whole time. Make sure you rotate the games you play and give all kinds of other games a chance. There are all kinds of fun games out there, including minute to win it games and dollar store games. You have so much choice! Ideas include:

  • Nerf Gun games
  • Twister
  • Cluedo
  • Monopoly
  • Pie face
  • Kerplunk
  • Jenga
  • Domino’s
  • Uno
  • Scrabble

All you have to do is make sure you choose games that are suitable for the kids. You don’t want to challenge them to a game of scrabble and have to let them use the Scrabble word finder because they aren’t old enough to play.

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Do Stuff Other Than Games

Life is exciting when we have a little novelty, and you can use game night to introduce novelty into your life and have an amazing time. For example, why not let the kids eat ice cream or another dessert for dinner? You could also have a backyard camp out night, and perhaps even a ‘no rules’ night. During a ‘no rules’ night, you still have to stay safe and avoid disrupting the neighbors at 3am, but other than that, everyone can do what they like.

Make Believe

Make believe comes so easy to kids, and not so much to adults. However, this is the perfect reason for everybody to get into it and do it! Dress up and put on accents and pretend to be different people. You can do this while playing a game, watching a film, or even eating your dinner. This can be so much fun and you’ll love seeing how far everyone’s imagination can stretch.

Use The Hasbro Game Demo Site

This site can give you an idea of what to expect from a game before you splash out on it. Take a look if you’re in the market for a new game! You can also look at game reviews on YouTube, so you can get a well rounded idea of what the game you want to buy is about.

Don’t Neglect Puzzles

Puzzles are a great brain training exercise that keep everybody engaged. They might not be a traditional game, but they can still be a lot of fun and help everybody to use critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Are you ready to host your next family game night? What will you play? Leave any of your own tips and ideas below!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Talking the Future Through With Your Teen

You remember their first day at school as if it were yesterday. The nerves that needed calming down and those new school clothes that started off so immaculate and clean. Yet, those years have gone by in a flash and it’s time to help your teenager find the next step along the road to their career or educational success.

If you’re at a point where your teen needs to make some crucial life decisions about what and where to study, we’re here to help you all through the process that can be at times stressful and confusing for everyone involved.

The Basics

Your teen has put the work in and found subjects that they have both enjoyed and found they have a natural aptitude for. They’ll also know what they find difficult and challenging.

It’s time to sit down with your senior year teen and talk about the reality of their grade scores and what they are looking at and what they’ll need to secure a college place.

To help your child start to take ownership of the process have them write down all the factors that they’ll need to take into account. Yes, grades are the first place you should start but they should also consider any awards they’ve received. Their achievements in sports and their hobbies and interests outside of school.

Then the very best thing you can do to help is simply to ask them what they want to do? They may opt for the traditional route of going to college, though this option is sometimes far harder for some students to pursue than others. Or they may not. They may feel that going to college isn’t for them that they would rather find a job or enrol on a course that teaches some practical skills, perhaps coupled with an apprenticeship.

Whatever your child says at this stage, you’ll need to respect their decision and above all you mustn’t act disappointed as this will only serve to make your child feel guilty or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, dig their heels in even more. Remember what it was like to go through this decision-making process yourself and be patient as they figure things out.

College

If your teen does decide that a college course is for them then it’s time to start looking. Your first port of call is going to be the internet but where to start? Work with your child to narrow down the type of course they would like to enroll on. One of the easiests ways to start the process is to ask your child how far away they would be prepared to travel.

Once you’ve established how many hours max they’d be prepared to go you can narrow down the search to within a set radius.

You might also want to ask your child what kind of qualities they’d like the college to have. Will they have a strong sports presence or have a great college orchestra? Keep an open mind and choose between six to ten that your teen feels drawn towards. Some might seem out of reach but be prepared to include them even when the entry requirements seem particularly tough or the fees are a little on the steep side.

While college can be expensive, there may be help in the form of grants, loans and other federal financing that might help to bridge the gap.

Career

While college might be your dream, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the dream of your child’s. If they have a firm idea in their mind of what they want to do and where they want to start then that desire to work and earn a living should be applauded.

Encourage them to look for employment that has a clear career progression. Help them to find an employer who takes on school leavers with a view to training and seeing them progress up through the ranks of their industry.

Don’t just take the first job that comes along but instead think further into the future and ask your child where they’d see themselves in five years’ time in the ideal job.

 

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Break

It might be that your child really is lost and has little clue what they might like to do after school. You worry that they’ll take the first job on offer or that they’ll enrol on a course that will see them drop out before long. If this is the case then let them take a break. Have them volunteer with a charity that speaks to them and spend the time talking to a school guidance counselor about where they want to head to in life. Sometimes, a little space can make all the difference.

Practical Training

If your child has shown an aptitude towards a specific skill or has their eyes set on learning a skill closer to home then very often a technical training college can be the answer. Find a school that specialises in construction, robotics, like the Pinnacle Academy, and so forth. Helping your child find their passion in life is half the battle.

Entrepreneur

Your budding genius may have just hit on a startup idea that’s worth talking about. If your young entrepreneur has thought carefully enough about starting up a business, how about letting them explore that idea and seeing if they can make it fly?

Like any new business it will take some work and some commitment but with the right idea and your support, they might just be a success.

Whatever your child chooses to do, they’re looking to you for your support. Your idea may not be their idea and that’s ok. It’s fine to disagree but just remember that this is their life and not yours.

Be proud of what they have achieved so far and of what they have to offer. Lend a supportive hand and help your child achieve a future that they’ve always wanted, whether at work, college or as an entrepreneur.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Common Mental Health Troubles in New Moms

Being a new mom is no easy feat. Through the pregnancy, birth, and raising the baby, many mothers struggle coming to terms with all the changes. A study by the group Children of the 90s showed that anxiety and depression rates are up 50% in new and young mothers. Many of the moms in the study were unaware of their clinical depression and anxiety.

 

Motherhood is difficult. It’s no wonder that new moms struggle with mental health. They often neglect to take care of themselves when caring for a new life.

If you are a new mom, or you know someone about to become a mother, here are a few common and urgent mental health issues and ways to get help.

  1. Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression develops immediately after the birth of the child. It’s very common, affecting nearly 20% of women in developed countries. It occurs mostly in underdeveloped countries. New mothers can struggle with the hormone changes and the sudden lifestyle that comes with motherhood. Depression of any kind is related to neurotransmitters and hormone levels: both are affected by pregnancy and birth.

The best treatment for postpartum is a combination of biological and psychosocial treatments. Professional help from therapists is recommended. Many licensed therapists even specialize in postpartum treatment.

The most important thing for a mother struggling with postpartum is a support system that encourages professional intervention as soon as possible.

  1. Bipolar Depression

This disorder is genetic, so mothers who have other family members with bipolar disorder are more likely to develop it. Like postpartum, it is directly related to hormone levels and neurotransmitter issues. Common indicators of bipolar depression are:

  • Drastic mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Memory loss

There are many different treatments available. Bipolar depression cannot usually be treated solely with behavioral therapy. Seeing a psychiatrist is recommended, but treatments include medication, and TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), which offers many benefits in bipolar depression treatment.

Seek a professional diagnosis before pursuing any treatment for bipolar disorder. 

  1. Anxiety

All mothers are anxious in some way. However, some new moms feel anxiety about their new responsibility so much so that they develop an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is also related to hormone changes and neurotransmitter levels. Some anxiety is normal, but if you are constantly on edge or feeling guilty about everything, that could be a sign of something more.

If you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, see a therapist. They may be able to give you a better idea of whether or not you are at risk for an anxiety disorder. This illness also tends to run in families. Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and naturalistic treatments like meditation.

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Wanting order is normal. Demanding order or being unable to operate in a condition that isn’t your perfect ideal is not. Performing certain behavior patterns can also be a sign of OCD. OCD interferes with your normal life, and often the behaviors extend over long periods of time. It’s often associated with preventing harm or mistakes, which is why it’s common in new moms.

OCD is usually treated with psychotherapy and occasionally medication. Your brain may be suffering from a lack of serotonin which could contribute to your OCD. Visit a therapist if you suspect any of your behaviors could indicate OCD.

Conclusion

Mothers have a hard job. It’s no wonder so many women suffer from mental disorders during pregnancy or post-birth. In fact, studies have shown that mothers don’t receive enough mental health support in general.

It’s important for moms to be healthy, for themselves and for the baby. If you are a new mom, make sure you have a good support system, and know that you have resources you can

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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