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Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Have a Family Game Night to Bond with Your Teen

by Regan

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Raising a teenager is sometimes a tricky business. I am very lucky that my 15-year-old isn’t rebellious and is generally a good kid but connecting with him can be hard. He is at that age where hanging out with mom isn’t cool and talking to me about real stuff is even less cool. I am often met with one-word answers and grunts. I remember being fifteen myself and I know these days will pass and he will talk to me once again, but until then I have found one thing that opens up the lines of communication a bit. 

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

It seems as though Red should still be in grade school but here he is, a Sophomore in high school. The clock is ticking and before I know it, he’ll be off to college and then living on his own. I need to savor these last few years that he will be in our home.

He enjoys playing games with us and it’s a great way for us to connect and catch up so I’ve wanted to start having family game night regularly. We play games together sporadically but last Friday we had our first official game night. Red and I made trail mix together and then The Husband joined us after Dub went to bed. 

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Red chose the ingredients for this trail mix and it turned out great! We mixed together toasted square cereal, plain M&M’s®, pretzels, golden raisins, craisins, roasted (unsalted) cashews, coconut strips, and banana chips. {recipe below}

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Now that we had our snack, because no game night would be complete without snacks, Red decided that Monopoly was going to be the game of the evening.

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbiasThese days we are all so connected to cell phones, laptops, and tablets (I’m guilty here too, especially with my work) that we don’t talk as much as we probably should. Introducing game night is a simple low-tech way to have some time to actually talk to each other. As we played we had a chance to catch up with him and talk about his day, school, a little friendly gossip, and family stories that he hadn’t heard before. We will definitely be doing this more often!

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Even though he didn’t play with us, four-year-old Dub also helped with game night. He helped me pick out the supplies and paper for our board (I would have chosen something more understated, but don’t tell him that) and he helped apply the Mod Podge. Our game night board will hopefully be an argument buster because with this we choose who will pick the game, who will start the game, who will be the banker, and who will be in charge of snacks before the game has started. For instructions on how to make your own game night board, check out my downloadable instructions here: Family Game Night Board Tutorial

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Do you want to start your own game night tradition? We started ours at Walmart. We found Monopoly and Jenga from Hasbro® in the game aisle in the toy section. We then found plain M&M’s® in the candy aisle which sparked the idea of making our delicious trail mix. Download your $1.00 of M&M’s® coupon to make your own trail mix.

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Family Game Night is the Perfect Time to Bond with Your Teen - plus a trail mix recipe and game night board tutorial #GameNightIn #ad #cbias

Since we had so much fun I am now looking for new games to play. Do you have a regular family game night? What is your favorite game to play?

Game Night Trail Mix

Game Night Trail Mix

A simple, delicious trail mix to munch on at your next family game night, movie night, or any time!

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cereal, we used Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's® candy
  • 1 1/2 cups small pretzels, we used Goldfish
  • 1 cup raisins, we used golden
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 1 cup coconut strips
  • 1/2 cup craisins, dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Dump all of your ingredients in a large bowl and combine thoroughly

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