Protecting the household collectively and entertaining because the nation returns to regular – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As families emerge from a year of forced togetherness and start beating in all directions – something interesting happens.

“Although there was a lot of closeness, we’re still looking for ways to keep this family unit together, have some family fun, slow down life and get off our screens and hang out for some time,” says lifestyle and parenting expert, blogger and Mother of three Amanda Mushro.

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She says planning your children’s summer when schools are down is important.

“Turn off those screens, put your phone away, play an old game or a new one, and just enjoy life a little,” she says.

While the kids may object to turning off their electronic entertainment, Mushro says, “I like my time on the screen too, but I think it really benefits everyone just to turn off all of your devices, stop listening to your phone.” look and just have fun, have silly fun together and just laugh and have a good time. “

Creating a family game night doesn’t have to be limited to the immediate family or family.

“Definitely cross-generational, this is for the entertainment of our younger children when you have teenagers and tweens and I love a good game night with my friends. Now that we’re starting to get around more people, I love the idea of ​​having some friends, maybe throwing a barbecue, and playing a really fun game together, ”she says.

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While the old standards exist, Mushro says the game industry has evolved over time.

There is a Showtime chess game that Mushro says, “Children as young as three can learn to play chess in parts, they are all characters, and children learn while they play.”

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A game called Exit is like going into an escape room without ever leaving your house.

“So everything you need is in this box, you have these cool stories behind you, you set it all up and you work as a team to get out of these different scenarios, it’s so creative. It’s great for your older kids, teenagers, tweens, and adults, ”she explains.

Then there is Pop Under Pressure, which uses an inflating balloon as a timer as you take a category and letter and try to come up with answers.

“You only have a certain amount of time to come up with so many ideas and words that fit into this category and your timer is a balloon so it inflates, inflates and deflates and then it pops and the time is up” , she says .

There are also new adult games for when the kids go to bed like Socially Twisted and Live Laugh Lose.

“This is for anyone who loves a good dad joke,” she laughed.

Only in this case do you need to deliver the joke in a playful way, e.g. B. imitate a celebrity or accent.

“So the real fun is in the way you deliver, and if you make the others laugh, you’re the big winner,” she says.

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Mushro says it’s not only a lot of fun but also a chance to teach your kids how to win or lose sports, and this mom of three says no matter how competitive it is, every game should end with a handshake .

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