Game Day Friday – Family Communication

 Congrats on making it to Game Day Friday!

This month, our theme is FAMILY. So each Friday, we’ll be chatting about great family games.

One important factor in healthy families is their COMMUNICATION.

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

Rollo May

These days, we are super proficient at communicating via texting, emailing, tweeting, facebooking, etc. But is that enough?

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.family laughing

Charles Dickens
If face to face communication is important, the question then becomes, how do we encourage communication within our family?

Today I present to you, two simple games to illicit communication within your family. Both games take NO materials or set up time. Both games can be played WHEREVER—at the dinner table, in the car, at a restaurant, you name it. Both games are very simple. Both games can be played with any age person. Here we go…

Family Communication Game #1: WOULD YOU RATHER…

Would you rather be blind or deaf? Would you rather have 4 legs or no arms? Would you rather permanently have a piece of broccoli stuck in your front teeth or a bugger in your nose? Would you rather be able to fly or be able to walk on water?

Take turns making up and asking each other questions that begin with Would you rather… The rules are, everyone has to answer, everyone has to select an option (even when both options presented in the question are undesirable), and everyone has to explain their answer. This game can be silly (Would you rather have permanently smelly armpits or permanently smelly feet?) or can be serious (Would you rather have a job you hate but it makes great money or have a job you love but makes horrible money?). The point is, you’re communicating.

Family Communication Game #2: IF…

funIf you could own one current professional sports team, which would it be? If you could choose a musical instrument that best describes your personality, what would it be? If you could swap one physical attribute with a member of our family, what would it be and with whom? If you could put a tattoo on any member of our family, what would that tattoo look like, who would you put it on, and where would you put it?

Take turns making up and asking each other questions that begin with IF… The rules are, everyone has to answer and everyone has to explain their answer. Again, this game can be silly (If you could get rid of any smell on the earth, what would it be?) or serious (If you could have prevented one event in history, which event would it be?). No questions are dumb. The point is, you’re communicating.

What are you waiting for? Increase your family’s communication. And why not start with a game to do so?