Family Game Night

What a week!  Rick is working out of town during the week, and comes home on the weekend; so I have been parenting solo in the middle of school, work, and extra curriculars!  On my most hectic day this week I got up at 5:30 to shower and get myself ready. I had a chicken from the freezer in the sink thawing from the night before, so I could put it in the crock pot.  I got the kids up and ready. We packed their bags for lacrosse and dance after school. Hair, teeth, and lunches. We ran out the door, dropped them at school, and I remembered the chicken still in the sink as I was 5 minutes from my office.  I left work in time to scoop up Ricky and Brooke so they could get ready in the car on the way to practice. I got Ricky to lacrosse, and drove to Brooke’s dance class. Kissed her goodbye and quickly drove back to lacrosse for the last 15 minutes of practice.  Ricky ran into the car, and we took off to be 10 minutes late to pick up Brooke from the end of her class. We were home by 7:45, and I had dinner of noodles and chicken sausage on the table at 8, after a quick consultation by my bestie to if the chicken was still safe to cook, and we decided it wasn’t.  We ate together and shared our Roses and Thorns for the day. Homework came out, showers were had. I tucked the kids into bed and grabbed my laptop and worked from my bed until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Tired as a Mother!


Our weeks can be so exhausting, even when we do have help.  To make up for all of the chaos I am going to make sure this Friday night we have family game night.  It is something we don’t do every Friday, but I try to have happen at least one Friday a month. It doesn’t have to be another stress in our day, it can be fun, and not expensive!  Here are a few tips this tired mother uses for a fun Friday night!


Each person gets to pick a game – I let each of us decide what game we want to play.  Games in my house don’t last that long, and now everyone has a chance to play exactly what they want.


Prize Bag – I am a crazy clearance shopper.  Target right after a holiday is my JAM!  Easter stuff will go up to 90% off, which means I can have cute little trinkets in a bucket that cost next to nothing!


Hand held Dinner – Friday isn’t a day off, so family game night isn’t going to start until 7pm.  In order to get the most fun out of the night, I like going for Pizza or Sammies.  I also am not going to lie, it’s nice having one night of the week ordering food instead of cooking!  Pizza Hut or Subway is our go to family game night feast!


Those three little tips help make a fun and easy night that doesn’t involve electronics of the television.  We are sitting around the kitchen table laughing and enjoying each other. This is how I want my kids to finish off the week; proud of our hustle!


Colleen Lieberstein

Colleen Lieberstein, Executive Administrative Assistant, is the heartbeat at two award winning and fastest growing companies in the Chicagoland area. She lives in New Lenox with her two energetic kids, and her supportive husband. Colleen loves to read, play with her children, and go on adventures with her family. Exploring new places and eating new foods is the best.