Holiday Gift for Families
Communication is the cornerstone of every relationship, but communication means so much more than just being able to talk about a problem or share a triumph. The best communication can develop a person’s understanding of another as well as allowing them to share something important about themselves. But in today’s busy world, how can we find time for that kind of deep family conversation?
A new collection of easy-to-use card games from Around the Table Games has the answer, and the products are so versatile that anyone can make time for them. Convenient metal rings hold sets of themed cards with questions designed to get families and friends really talking about almost everything. I couldn’t wait to try out one of the games for myself.
I received the award-winning Family Talk card game to review. The cards are slightly larger than business cards and come on a convenient clip ring that can easily be attached to a bag or purse for easy transport. I read through a few of the questions and immediately realized that they would be the perfect conversation starters for dinner each night. I hung the ring beside the table and told my oldest son that we could read a few of the cards that night.
Zackary was incredibly eager to “answer some questions,” and had barely eaten a bite of his food before he asked me to read a card from the ring. I flipped to the first card and read, “What makes you feel most welcome when you come home?”
Of course, my car-crazy son immediately stated that playing a racing game made him feel the most welcome. My husband felt that seeing the boys waving to him through the window was his best welcoming moment. And I said that giving my family a hug was the nicest way to be welcomed home.
The next card asked us to think about our favorite childhood memory. Zackary said that his best memory was playing with his good friend and next-door neighbor. My husband recalled attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve in his small hometown on the lower north shore of Quebec. And I waxed reminiscent about the days I had spent playing outside with a crowd of friends from sunrise to sunset.
Family Talk had already helped us to have just that, and I had gotten the chance to see into my son’s mind as well as learning about how memorable my husband’s past holidays had been. I had even relived some of my own happy childhood days!
The questions range from introspective to reminiscent to practical. As I sat down one evening with my two sons, Zackary requested a card and I happened to flip to one that read, “If your house caught on fire, how would you escape and where would you meet your family outside?” Coincidentally, my son had been learning about fire safety that week at school and we immediately launched into a long conversation about our emergency plan. Zackary helped us decide that our meeting place would be at the picnic table in our backyard, and that we should get a ladder just in case we couldn’t get down the stairs in a fire.
Family Talk is a great way to start a conversation that everyone can participate in, and the game provides a valuable tool for learning about others as well. I love reading a couple of cards each night at dinner and seeing where the prompts take our conversation. Sometimes, the answers are fairly quick and straightforward, but other times we’ll dwell on a particular topic for the rest of the meal!
Around the Table Games come in themes for other relationships including Buddy Talk, Grandparent Talk and Teen Talk. An Around the Table Games card set would make a great stocking stuffer for parents and grandparents, and the Buddy Talk cards would be a wonderful gift for your best friend. For a fun and easy way to move conversation beyond lighter topics and explore both yourself and your family, check out Family Talk from Around the Table Games today!
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