Did you know that 96% of families feel closer when they play board games together?
Why is that? What is so special about a board game that makes us feel connected?
Simply put, we are busy people. Having everyone engage in the same activity is building on those relationships, it is helping us feel connected because we are sharing something. Sharing a laugh, sharing a common goal, sharing time.
Here's another stat for you- according to recent studies 76% of Americans aren't satisfied with family time. Thats pretty high. Which again, leads to the question, why is that? Why are the majority of families not feeling content with their family time?
It's a loaded question really. Let's think of some of the basic things that get in the way . . . there's the obvious ones, like school, work, household chores, grocery shopping, etc. But, there's more of course. Digital devices play a huge role in the hindrance of family time. With kids using all kinds of devices earlier and earlier, it's not only hard to compete with, but it overall just effects how we feel connected. Whether its your preteen on their phone texting, or your friend distracted by calls at lunch, it's intrusive and it effects the overall feeling and atmosphere of your time together.
How about exhaustion? We all get exhausted after a long week of whatever kind of work we are busy with. The last thing we want to do is create more 'work' by trying to bribe our kids to play a game with everyone or muster up the energy to plan something unique and exciting. (Moms, ya hear me on this?)
Some of our favorite suggestions are:
•Put all phones in another room. No temptation to pick it up between rounds of games, or just tune out and start scrolling.
•Music is a game changer, decide on who or what to listen to and let everyone relax and have fun, you'll be surprised what a difference this can make.
•Present not perfect- your house is most likely not as clean as you'd like, thats okay!! I promise your kids are more concerned about your attention than the dishes in the sink.
•Decide on a day- this is so important! When something become routine, it automatically becomes easier. Set a day. Wednesday nights, Fridays, Sunday mornings- whenever works for your family. Start this week, start simple
•Have a plan. If you've already done your Funily box for the month, plan to repeat one of the activities or games, or check out our blog on our top 5 fave board games, if you just want to sit back and relax, we have some great tips on how to have a 'next level' movie night (without the hassle) blog as well!
The Funily Team