When was the last time you sat down with the kids to play a board game? I personally haven’t tried since my four-year-old convinced me to buy My Little Pony Monopoly, and promptly ran off with all the playing pieces. My dreams of playing as Pinkie Pie have been crushed forever.
What if I told you that you could commit to having family board game night with your kids, and also support your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at the same time?
Since 2009, I have participated annually in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon where I get to play games and heal kids. Over the years I have heard a wealth of reasons people cannot participate. Many people don’t understand that when I say “gaming marathon” that I’m not just talking about console games. All sorts of games will work! Tabletop games, computer games, hopscotch and of course…board games.
With three children of my own, I understand that as a parent, you probably can’t sit down and play games for 24 hours. No matter how much you’d love a day off from life to relax and game. But what if you could honor that 24 hour gaming commitment, spend more quality time with your children, and as an added bonus…use it as an opportunity to teach your children that they can also make a difference in their community and help kids, simply by having fun with their family?
My suggestion to you, is to register to participate in Extra Life, and make a pledge to spend 24 hours throughout the rest of the year gaming with your kids. It can be a board game night once a week, or just sitting down to let your son beat you at Mario Kart. Even if you’re not great at gaming, your kids would probably enjoy you sitting down and asking them to teach you how to play their favorite game.
If you are unfamiliar with the work that Children’s Miracle Network does I would encourage you to take a moment and visit their website. These hospitals treat the babies who are born early, kids who are battling cancer and kids who suffer a traumatic injury, just to name a few. They treat children regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and the more money we raise, the more children we can all help in our own communities.
I hope you join us in being heroes in your community and showing your children that it’s important to give back when you can, and that it can be fun to do so.
To register for free, or just learn more about Extra Life visit www.extra-life.org