Remember These Games ? [ sharing traditions ]

By | December 6, 2016

Hey Moms,

Isn’t it funny how having kids of your own jogs your memory of how you grew up: the things you did, places you went, games you played.

I recently started reflecting (more than usual ?) about fun games I used to play as a kid that I should start playing with my kids.

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In such a technology heavy world, I believe it’s more important now than ever to past down traditions that existed before instant gratification became such high demand.

Additionally, I need fun and simple ways to “connect” with my kids so that we don’t spend too many days as roommates…them on the iPad and me washing the entire house. ? It’s all about balance right?

So what fun games do you remember as a kid that you could start sharing with your kids now (or already have been)?

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For me, my kids are at a great age to start some card games.  Remember UNO?  AAAHHHH!  What a classic!  Of course, it’s the card game where players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they each perform a function to help you defeat your opponents. I remember playing Uno so much we had several decks smashed into one…we would be busy for hours.  Fun times!!

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What about CONNECT 4 !!!???  This is the grid game where players drop red or yellow discs in the grid and the first to get 4 in a row wins! This is where some real strategy can start to form.  I have a good friend in particular who is like the Connect 4 Champion and loves to serve people daily!?  I still can’t figure out her strategies.

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And I can’t leave out my favorite MONOPOLY!   I distinctly remember spending entire weekends with my elementary best friend, staying up all hours of the night, only to lose to her ?   It’s the game where you can practice building your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties.  You can take a ride on Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the whole neighborhood — it’s your turn to get rich and prove your skills as a deal maker.

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But even before the ages of 5-7, I shared tic-tac-toe and patty-cake with my babies.  We practiced jumping rope and hula-hooping.  It’s like I’m on a mission to ensure the next generation of kids remembers life before a smartphone. ?

Whether we are ready or not, when we have our children, we become their teachers.  Sharing fun games from when you were a kid is a easy way to “connect” with your children.  It counts as spending time together – and that’s a win!  What my kids will soon find out is that Santa is bringing them a lot of old-school games this holiday season!

Chat soon.

Let’s Win,

Cynthia

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One thought on “Remember These Games ? [ sharing traditions ]

  1. Charmaine

    Uno, Monopoly, Connect 4 bring back such fond memories. It is so neat to pass on those experiences to our children. Thanks for sharing this Cynthia.

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