Forgotten How to Play

October 27, 2016

This past weekend we forced our kids to take a break from video games and you would have thought we issued them such a severe punishment that they weren't going to survive it.  Our site is all about having fun without those things but we aren't completely against them, we just think kids these days (and many adults) overdue it and are missing out on some of the best parts of life.

My wife and I were busy with errands and cleaning the house in the morning so we didn't have a lot of time to focus on making sure the kids were having fun but I also firmly believe that we shouldn't have to. Kids should know how to have fun instinctively but they had no idea what to do with their time once we took away their video games.

By lunch time, you could hear the whining cries of "We are sooooo bored" down the street and we couldn't ignore it any longer. I started out by getting some toy guns and hiding outside. I had my wife send the kids out to do some "chores" and ambused them. At first, they didn't know what to do but they quickly found some sticks and shields (garbage can lids) and a fast and furious game of war broke out and lasted at least an hour.  The kids were still raring to go but I was starting to run out of steam.

We went inside and grabbed my wife Samantha and played several games of Settlers of Catan. Both kids had played Catan Junior but neither had played the normal game. I was worried they might be too young for it but after a few rounds they were cutthroat resource mongers and kept wanting to play again and again. Before we knew it, it was dinner time and we were having the kids clean up so we could eat. After dinner we sat outside around a fire and just talked.  It was amazing and really didn't take much more than a slight nudge to get the kids in the mode of using their imagination and enjoying every minute of it.

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