Parents often want to dedicate play time with their kids, but some parents have a very difficult time connecting on that level. If you’re struggling to find activities for you and your children to share together, you may have to stop thinking outside the box so much and start inside the box where it’s much easier to come up with ideas. Then, perhaps after you’ve had some time to feel out how playing with your kids goes, you can better come up with more creative activities to pursue. In the meantime, it can’t hurt to play a board game or a simple sport.
If you’re going to start with a board game, start with something very simple and not too competitive to begin with. A game like Monopoly may have too many rules to start with and can end up stressing out everyone (at least anyone who is not winning). Clue, on the other hand, does have a winner, but it’s much easier for everyone to feel as though they are progressing. Plus, the game is short enough that you can play enough rounds to make sure everyone gets a win at least once.
One of the best games you can play with your kids that is a little more on the active side is air hockey. If you put an air hockey table in your house, you can expect lots of laughing and good times all around. That’s because people at any skill sets can find some success with this game, especially compared to foosball which is much harder to master. With kids, it’s always better to even the playing field versus having one person have the odds stacked in his or her favor, as a brutally uneven competition often leaves someone in tears.
If you want to share some time together outside your home, consider hitting up a bowling alley or a local miniature golf course. Start with the bumpers up if you bowl or on a simple course if you golf, as you may need to give your kids some time to adapt to the rules of the game. Then, as they progress, you can move up to more advanced play, which will make your children feel accomplished while you are satisfied you’re enjoying quality family time together with your kids.