About a week ago we introduced a new activity to our family's dinner experience. We've always shared dinner together, always sat around the same table. I've loved the conversations and closeness that it brings. We recently heard of a "game", and we've now adopted it into our daily schedule.
Sad, Mad, Glad. It's easy to "play". In our family we start with the youngest (well, the youngest who can talk), and ask them to share one thing from their day that made them sad, one thing from their day that made them mad, and one thing from their day that made them glad. When each person is talking they are the only one who's allowed to speak, everyone else has to listen and no one is excused from the table. It's really been a great lesson in patience and respect!
The first day we just tried it to see how it would go, to our surprise the kids asked to pay it the next night and have been insistent on doing it every day since! It has definitely given us a little more insight to our children's day as well. One day we learned that two of the boys had been fighting on the bus (something they didn't share with us when simply asked how their day was). I'm not sure who "created" this game, but I love it and wanted to share it with all of you, because I think your family may love it too!
If you try Sad, Mad, Glad, or currently play, please share your experiences!