What a fun way to prep the children for a visit at friends, church or time at a restaurant.
Last evening we had a family night at church. A friend, with a six and a four year old, and I were chatting when she mentioned that they had just got done playing Game Show on their way to church. She had my attention as she went on to tell me what had happened.
She relayed that they often prep their children on the way to a happening by asking them questions like, “Will you grumble about the food served?” and the children reply “wong, wong” showing they know they are not to complain or grumble about the food served. Another question could be, “Will you smile and say hello to anyone that greets you?” a quick “bing, bing, bing” would be heard from the back seat.
I loved this idea from the first second I heard it, but she went on to tell me one more specific to their ride to church. When she asked her children if they were going to run and act crazy at church, they hesitated and then she heard, “wong, wong” in quiet, subdued voices coming from a pair of car seats. Her children knew the right answer but showed their real desires by not giving an enthusiastic answer.
Now this game not only prepped the children it also prepped the parents because it showed them that the children knew not to run but would at the same time be struggling with the desire to run. What a great way to go into an event, prepared and aware of the struggles children will have.