by Cynthia L. Copeland
More than ever before, family time faces stiff competition from other activities that appeal to kids: video games, text messaging, and checking in on friends through MySpace or Facebook. Family Fun Night offers the antidote: Tips and advice for establishing a weekly family time, as well as dozens of specific ideas for spending quality time together.
This comprehensive book suggests ways to interest teens (let each one invite a friend or allow them to play their music in the background on game night), to contend with a large age range (form teams or play games of chance rather than skill), and to manage competitiveness among siblings (play cooperative games or ones where players change teams throughout).
Interested in family-friendly card games? Suggestions for outdoor family games? Or ideas for last-minute game nights or for game nights that cost less than $10? It’s all covered in this comprehensive, reader-friendly guide, along with ideas for snacks and meals that complement each family night theme. Whether family members use the book to brainstorm ideas for their own unique night or follow each game night to the last detail, they will find that family playtime creates wonderful memories that will last forever. (271 pp.)