Weekend Reading: January 19, 2013

Family Game Night
source: mandiehman on Instagram

I love to play games — board games, party games, card games — and I always assumed that playing games would be an important part of our family culture. However, trying to schedule a weekly game night has never worked for us, and since we’ve had demanding toddlers in our home for at least the past 5 years, it just hasn’t happened the way I imagined.

Over the past few months, I’ve been really inspired by photos from both Amy (momadvice) and Lisa (lisapennington) on Instagram, showing their families playing various games on random days of the week, and I realized that I don’t have to commit to a specific night; we can just fit it in whenever it works.

So far this year, we’ve been playing games several times a week, usually after dinner or right before bed, and we’re all enjoying this new family routine. Our three-year-old is quickly learning that she has to play by the rules, and we’re learning a lot about winning — and losing — gracefully (which is why I changed the rules of the Busytown game in the picture above so that we were actually competing!).

We have a pretty good collection of games already, but I’m always on the hunt for new ones. What are your favorite family board games?

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Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading to see the other posts that make me stop and think. You’ll find new posts all week long!

Family {The Kind of Mom I Want to Be}

Life {More Isn’t Always Better}

Food {Try It; You Might Like It}

  • Why “Organic” Doesn’t Mean Much to Me | Modern Alternative Mama
  • Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater | Keeper of the Home

Have a great weekend!