Games we love to hate

In the quest to make sure my kids don’t turn into media-zombies, I’m always on the lookout for non-video games to add to our collection. Over the years I’ve picked out quite a few games. Some are great, others, not so much.

Then, there are those games the kids love but I’ve grown to dread… I might like them if I could just play with other grown ups, but some games, played with children, just become painful experiences.

In a secondary quest to add more lists to my blog (cuz who doesn’t love a good list), here are some games I love to hate:

  • Hungry Hippos – loud, annoying, easily broken
  • Candyland – no explanation needed really, what adult actually likes playing this game
  • War – it never ends, unless you make it end
  • Yahtzee – fine if the kids are old enough to get it, otherwise, just let them roll the die, over and over and over again
  • Chess – again, fine if the kids are old enough to get it (the 7yr old is pretty good but with the 5 yr old it’s kind of like the Calvin-ball of board games)
  • Memory – this one always ends up in a free for all, and it’s all I can do to keep myself from putting all the pieces back into neat orderly rows

What games do you love to hate? Anything in particular I should avoid picking up this Christmas?

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How to make nightmares go away

My son really wants to watch the movie Jurassic World. We, on the other hand, are planning to pre-screen it to make sure it’s not too scary. It’s probably too scary for me but I’ll deal with the nightmares without waking my parents up at some ungodly hour.

My son, on the other hand, has just insisted that he never gets nightmares. News to me, as I’m the one who gets up at the ungodly hours when I hear the dreaded “mooooommmmmyyyy” in the dead of night. This is usually followed by, “I had a bad dream.”

He has come up with a plan to get rid of the nightmares. He plans to just hit himself in the head until the nightmare goes away. This turns his brain off and on again, so it will be okay to watch Jurassic World.

I’ll keep that in mind.

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Time flies when you’re a parent

I opened my eyes this morning and realized that Halloween is already nearly 2 weeks past… how the hell did that happen? I remember getting costumes together, dressing up for work, decorating the house, and carving a few pumpkins. But that seems ages ago. Then there’s the huge bowl of candy in the corner of the kitchen… calling out my name every minute… “Shut up over there! Can’t you see I’m trying to ignore you?” Damn candy can’t keep its mouth shut.

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. Our version of Veteran’s Day if you’re from south of our borders. No school, no work (for me anyway), which means I actually have time to ponder stuff in the morning rather than spending all my mental energy keeping everyone on schedule and the morning crazy train on the tracks.

Anyway, there’s lots of Remembrance Day stuff here if you want to read more about it, that’s not actually what I’m writing about today.

It feels strange to suddenly have a day off in the middle of the week. Normal five days on, two days off, two days on, one day off, two days on, two days off, and back to normal with five days on… Just weird. It’s like some time acceleration where 2 weeks pass in the amount of time where only 1 week normally passes.

Blink once, twice.

BAM – they’re teenagers! Okay, so mine aren’t teenagers yet, I’ve only blinked once and now they’re both in school (no more daycare yay!). I have to hold off on the second blink until I’m ready for the teen years.

I think I’d be more okay with time flying by if it didn’t mean that somehow I’m aging extra fast too.

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