Family Game Night: Small Gesture, Big Win

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family game nightMom guilt is real. Mom guilt during a pandemic is real, normal. There are some days when my to-do list is too long, my fuse is too short, and I’ve given into way too much screen time. 

My saving grace? Family game night. 

For some reason, I hadn’t considered game night as an available tool for my family yet. I assumed that my toddler son was just too young to appreciate it. It turns out my toddler son is exactly the age that appreciates 20 minutes of one on one time with his parents. It’s not much, but it’s 20 minutes I can count on to relieve the mom guilt. 

It’s a turnkey way I, we, can turn off for just 20 minutes and have a little focus and fun.  

There are the tried and true games we all grew up with, but there’s also a surprising amount of new games out there for the little ones. Here’s a roundup of games kid (& parents) approved.

Games perfect for the 5 and under crew:

Banana Blast by Goliath: Short on time? This one goes fast. We usually play 5 or 6 rounds.

Dino Crunch by Goliath: This one is anxiety-provoking, waiting for the Dino to chomp.  It scares my son on his off-nights…other nights, he loves the anticipation!

Dinosaur Escape by Peaceable Kingdom: Team play ensures there are no “losers.” It’s perfect for those who need to win all the time. Also, Parent’s Choice Silver Award Winner!

Don’t Break The Ice by Hasbro: What kid doesn’t love being allowed to bang on something with a hammer?! Available in Disney’s Frozen edition too.

Zingo Bingo by ThinkFun: Bingo with flair.

Chutes & Ladders by Hasbro: A true classic. It’s fun and helps with number sequencing.

Candy Land by Hasbro: A yummy blast from the past.

For more great ideas, check out these posts: 

Shop Westchester Toy Stores

Fun Games for Holiday Gatherings: No Electronics Required

Board Games for When You Are Stuck Inside

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Angela Bosco is a native of Westchester. She chose Briarcliff Manor as her home after too many hurricanes in Florida and too many people in NYC. She’s mom to her son, Blaise (2016), who’s energy she simultaneously envies and fears. She shares a love of adult beverages with her husband Michael who, like her, is in the spirits industry. A self-proclaimed expert multi-tasker, you can find her on the Hudson Line cramming podcasts, emails and breakfast while penciling in her eyebrows and trying not to spill coffee on her seat mate during her morning commute to the city. On her free time she struggles to choose between doing yoga, reading NY Times best-seller’s or watching all things Real Housewives: the latter usually wins out. In her 20s you could hear her asking when her life would begin- now in her 30s you’ll find her reveling in it-chaos and all.