Weeknights can be stressful. It seems like the moment the kids come home from school the universe is set on a collision course with itself. No that doesn’t make sense. They get home and need food because the three block walk from school wipes them out and they must eat right now! Okay, I guess it has more to do with their early lunch time. Hey, let me tell the story. Anyway, then they unpack their backpacks and papers are strewn about. You need to sign this. I need this money for the school activity. Some nights there are sports or other activities. But there is always time for homework and then next best thing, complaining about homework.
Tonight I was feeling the tension. The kids were fighting. Then a couple of them were playing some random game that involved barking and marbles. No, I did not understand it, but they were getting along. That seemed to be going okay until they broke the glass jar. Then there were tears. In the next room homework was going on. That was no going so well. The way they are teaching math now is like a foreign language to me. My attitude was going south quickly. And then the suggestion: “Let’s play telephone”
How long has it been since I played telephone? I mean that would never have been a suggestion I would have made. Okay. Let’s see what happens. The kids started to come up with their phrases. “The barn is green and yellow.” Then there was something about ice cream and kibbles. We were quickly laughing. It is amazing how quickly the tension was gone. There was no more fighting as the kids now tried to think of fun things to say. Looks like the kids figured out a way to bring some life to the boredom and tension of the evening. My suggestion for you: play a game of telephone and see what happens. Lighten up a bit and mix it up. You will be glad you did. I know I am.