Slice of Life: Adjusting with the Times
My family has always connected around games. Rainy days filled with Ticket To Ride, Stratego and Risk. Winter storms allowing for marathon Monopoly and Scrabble games. We used to sneak in a game after dinner or even before school some mornings. I still carry a deck of cards in my purse, just in case the opportunity arises.
As our boys enter adolescence we find it more and more difficult to keep this tradition alive. Team practices, games, homework, driving lessons, plans with friends, and our jobs pull us in different directions. We plan a time to play something each week, but we all miss this part of our family life.
Then we found Walk By Scrabble
It is perfect for us! It hangs in our kitchen and we can keep a game going even if we are not together. I love how we are still connecting through this…
Hey, it’s your turn.
That’s a great word!
What did you add?
What does that word mean?
I’ll wait until you are done so I can go.
Someone make Mom go…
You took my spot!
Worst letters ever!!
Same jokes, rivalries, and challenges are happening. Somehow this board is connecting us when we are not together. It is keeping the fun going while we are apart. I will keep planning and scheduling time for us to actually physically be together and play games together… in the meantime this is keeping us connected.
As my kids get older, I find I have to adjust my expectations and vision for our family time. Their developmental needs are changing and we need to adjust to let them find their place in the world. What worked two years ago no longer works for us, we are constantly altering to strike a balance. I think it is the same in classrooms. It seems that just when we have things going smoothly our students develop and need something else. Our systems, structures and even schedules needs to be adapted to meet their next steps as learners. Change is hard – most of us don’t like it. We need to remember, however, that it is an inevitable outcome of growing and learning!
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