Last week Daddy Button came home from work full of beans after attending a corporate workshop. The person who had been leading the training, which had been designed to inspire the management team, had whispered a little secret to them… ‘we play games’.
‘Games?’ I questioned Daddy Button. ‘Yes’, he replied, ‘games, you know, before work to inspire the team!’
And that’s when it hit me! Why hadn’t I thought of this sooner?
We have always been fairly good at teamwork, but now Little Button is a full out ‘threenager’ things are a bit different. Her whizzing hormones have not only ramped up the stroppy tantrums, but world domination is also now on her agenda. If we are not careful Little Button will be very soon be completely ruling the Button house.
What better way to re-inspire teamwork than to start or end the day with a family game. But not just any game… it would have to be something that would bond us together, have us freely communicating, cooperating and at the same time have us all knee deep in full out belly laughs.
Our new go-to game
One game that came to mind that could do all these things for us was hide and seek. A firm favourite from both of our childhoods and Little Button was already half way to understanding the concept, having taken it upon herself to hide behind things and scream ‘BOOOOOO’ at the top of her voice since she was 2.
I carefully went over the rules of the game with Daddy and Little Button and once we were all in agreement on what we were doing we gave it a go.
I can’t believe how much fun we had and right way Little Button began joining in with ‘the team’ rather than trying to go against the rules or be boss of everyone. What a lovely moment, with lots of little camaraderie opportunities when there was one person left to find.
Play it every day
We have been playing a few games of hide and seek in the evenings before bedtime for just over a week now, and we are still going strong. I have noticed that we are all more considerate of each other, our sense of cooperation and listening to each other has increased and overall we are a bit more talkative. Well… we have always been very talkative, except Little Button is now listening more and joining in with the conversation instead of talking over the top of one. Family high-fives!
Get your game on
Have a go at brain storming some games that you can play as a family, if you have older children then this will be a lovely ‘team’ activity they can join in with. Give a few ideas a go until you find your very own family ‘go to game’. It helps to set a regular day and time to play this so everyone is around to join in, though impromptu games are also fun too. Try and stick to family game time, even if you do end up switching games, and see what results it brings your family.
10 benefits of game playing to develop family teamwork
- Build on trust.
- Learn how to deal with conflict and disagreements in a supportive environment.
- Help to develop an understanding of different roles within a team.
- Develop problem solving skills.
- Build on creating a supportive and open family unit.
- Encourage listening skills.
- Encourage the sharing of thoughts and ideas.
- Help to develop verbal and non-verbal communications.
- Strengthen and develop empathy for others.
- Embrace #FamilyFun time and really enjoy it.
Do you have a family go-to game that you like to play?