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Getting teens to want to sit down and connect with the family isn’t always easy. A family game night with teens is a great day to engage them in conversation and catch up on what’s going in their lives.
Raising a teenager is sometimes a tricky business and connecting with them can be difficult at times. While playing board games with them on a regular or even semi-regular basis, the conversation flows more easily.
A card game is a great choice as are board games. There are so many great board games for teens to choose from that you are sure to find one or two that the whole family will love.
You can’t have the perfect game night without a game night snack. Read on for a delicious and easy Chex trail mix that you and your teen can make together.
My teen chose the ingredients for this Chex 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.
Keep reading for the full recipe.
Now that we had our snack, because no game night would be complete without snacks, we decided that Monopoly was going to be the game of the evening.
These 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!
Start your own game night tradition and you will suddenly no longer wonder what your teenager is up to. They will tell you at the game table!
- 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
- Dump all of your ingredients in a large bowl and combine thoroughly