The powerful old way your family can overcome screens.

During Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa Albrecht’s house we put down the electronic devices and picked up cards and dice. As we were playing we decided that this would be a great topic to write about.

On Family Game Night:

Daughter Says:


I love family game night! It’s so much fun, not just to play the game, but also to hang out with family. I think that it is so much more fun than playing games on your phone. Because when you’re playing with apps, it’s more of a trance, or a movie. But when you’re playing with real people, you get more excited. And it’s more fun for everybody.  Because we all know you can do better than sitting in a corner with your device. It’s also fun because you learn more about your opponents. But the thing I love the most is that (at least for my family) you end up laughing, yelling, or hopefully the rarest, crying.

Ava and her brothers in the middle of an intense game of Guesstures.  

Dad Says:

I have always loved playing family games. But they feel more important now than ever.  The electronics that are so pervasive today are isolating us from our friends and family. The family games bring us back together. They strengthen bonds. They create shared experiences. And they offer great entertainment because every game has its own sense of drama.

But what we are really doing on family game night is making memories.  We are creating interactions that span three generations. And we are laughing together. There is always something funny that happens when we play games together. In fact, our family still talks about funny things that happened or ridiculous things that were said playing games 30 years ago.

Video games and apps are like fast food. Quick and easy. But unsatisfying. A family game is like comfort food. Like a highly satisfying and nutritious home cooked meal. On our deathbeds we will never feel as if we spent too much time playing games with our family.

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2 thoughts on “The powerful old way your family can overcome screens.

  1. That is how I feel about it to also being in Ava’s generation I love playing like tonight at the hotel we played a whole game of wizard (12 rounds) it was so fun!!! Device free is a blessing.

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