Bountiful Family Fun

My goal in writing this blog today is to make you feel thankful not only for the impending Thanksgiving holiday, but also for the fact that I can write a blog that is shorter and to the point, while still being interesting (I hope). Here goes.......

Coinciding this week are: National Family Week (11/18-11/24), National Game and Puzzle Week (also 11/18-11/24) and Better Conversation Week (11/19-11/25). With Thanksgiving being this Thursday, the fore mentioned observances are not only perfect timing, but ideal topics for today's blog as well.

I have a big family and I love it (99% of the time). My husband has a very small family. As you can imagine, we've both been learning a lot about how to survive and enjoy each other's families. Bottom line? I love it all because family is family. I look very forward to reconnecting and visiting with them during the holidays. What ever your family composition and whether they are blood relatives or family by role , I can think of nothing in the world to be more thankful for than my family.

Here are a few books to help you celebrate family, during the holidays or anytime, with your kids:

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Though I am very, very tempted to give you brief (or not so brief) summaries of the books listed above, I will reluctantly refrain and encourage you to visit the author's respective websites to learn more about the books that I guarantee to be a hit with kids and all sorts of families.

On to National Game and Puzzle Week. Have you seen the commercial for the new Monopoly game with the ATM? I was mortified at the thought of playing the game of Monopoly with no banker- it just seems wrong in my opinion. Long live the board games that are tried and true as well as the new and fabulous that bring families together. Here are a few of my favorite games for kids:

Apples to Apples

Cranium Hullaballo

For more great games and a list that is updated regularly, visit Board Game Geek.

The Strong National Museum of Play National Toy Hall of Fame also has an extensive list of classic games and toys for children.

So, I had promised to be shorter this week and I think that I've at least semi-met my goal (trust me, there's been a LOT of editing and deleting). I hope that you enjoy the books and games that I've shared and use them to fuel your own family conversations in honor of Better Conversation Week. As always, I will end with interesting facts and observances for this week (also perfect for scintillating family conversations):

November 19, 1493: Christopher Columbus goes ashore on the island of Puerto Rico (named San Juan Bautista by Columbus)
November 20, 1985: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
November 21, 1620: Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact
November 21, 1995: Toy Story is released as the 1st full length film that used all computer generated imagery

Have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!