Posted on January 10, 2018

How to Throw a Super Fun Family Game Night

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How to Throw a Super Fun Family Game Night

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No matter how old I get, I always make a few New Year’s Resolutions as each year draws to a close. I love the idea of a clean start and new beginnings, so January 1st usually holds a lot of motivation for me. I typically focus on three specific areas where I would love to see improvement and/or growth by the end of the year. These areas are: self, family, business. Wanting to improve how I interact with my family or how I desire to grow my business are probably pretty common goals for many people. When it comes to self, I choose a goal to work towards that would fulfill a physical, mental or spiritual desire to better myself so that I can be a better mom, wife and friend.

This year my theme for improving family interaction is to focus on quality time. Our summer road trip to Yellowstone was as epic as you might imagine. We explored, we journeyed, and we had 2 entire weeks of 1:1 time with the kids. Sure, the kids had screen time and I blogged away on my laptop as we drove, but once we unhitched the camper, the tech time became obsolete. In fact, our 5 days in Yellowstone were almost 100% unplugged as most locations were void of cell service. I loved the chance to have every meal with the kids and to play board games and roast marshmallows over the campfire.

My “family” New Year’s Resolution is to have regular family game nights!  BOTH of my kids LOVE board games.  Like, they ABSOLUTELY LOVE them!  And the cool thing is that Landon is now old enough to play simple board games.  Board games are great for so many reasons, just a few of which include: quality time, break from screen time, learning good sportsmanship.

How to Throw a Super Fun Family Game Night!

So how can you throw a super fun family game night?  I have some very easy tips!

1. Plan for a quick and easy dinner.  Choose a dinner that is easy to prep and requires minimal clean up after everyone has finished eating.  When I find myself pressed for time to prep a dinner, it’s off to the freezer I go.  I always try to keep at least one On-Cor entrée on hand because their frozen, fully-cooked meals are conveniently packaged and ready to heat and serve.  All entrées have no monosodium glutamate (MSG) added, they’re filling, and they taste GREAT! The kids’ LOVE when I make On-Cor Barbecue Sauce & 6 Boneless Rib-Shaped Patties.  Sometimes I will put them on whole wheat rolls and we’ll turn them into sliders.  Yum!

On Cor Ribs

2. Have the kids pick the games for that night while dinner is cooking.  Choosing what games you will play before sitting down to play helps cut down on wasted game-playing-time while the kids are indecisive or squabbling over which game(s) to play.  Use dinnertime conversation to ask the kids why the picked out the games they did and if they are excited to play together as a family.

On-Cor has recently enhanced their products to satisfy the needs of parents looking for convenient, quality dinner solutions for their families.  This makes them a perfect choice for nights when the sooner you can clean up dinner, the sooner your game time can begin!

On Cor Rib Shaped Patties on Roll

3. Surprise the crowd with some light snacks.  No need to go overboard since you just ate a filling dinner!  We love popping up some popcorn and treating the kiddos to a round of hot chocolate (or something cold if the weather is hot).

4. Turn the cell phones and tablets OFF during game play.  Be present and in the moment.  Show the kids by example that non-screen time is super important. It’s hard to get kids to take you seriously if their tablets are turned off while you are scrolling Facebook.

5. Praise good sportsmanship.  Positive reinforcement goes a very long way!  If you see good sportsmanship, offer some praise and positive feedback to nurture that attitude!

Tell me – do you have family game nights?  If you don’t currently, is it something you might try in the future?  If you do already, what are some of your family’s favorite games to play?

For your next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Walmart or check out the store locator at www.on-cor.com to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées.  On-Cor is just a freezer away for an always easy, always satisfying and always ready solution for “one of those nights.”

Family Game Night

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.

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