A Game of Go Fish

A deck of cards in this house goes a long way, even the four year old can enjoy a good card game. One week my six year old was being left out as the ten and four year old were playing with their blanket fort in the bedroom and my six year old just wanted to play ninjas or something physical like that.

Go Fish with the kids

Since he was so super bummed that no one would play with him, I pulled out the deck of cards ventured downstairs so we were near the other two kids and we played a good game of Go Fish. The cool thing about this game was that even though I totally won Go Fish, my son didn’t freak out. Normally he isn’t so great at losing a game but he took it really well and I got some cute pictures during our game to make into a collage.

The joys of being a parent, it’s more rewarding than any other job I have held.

It’s More than 52 Cards, It’s a Conversation

One day I woke up and my first born was nearing that age of adolescence. No longer was she that sweet little angel of a girl I knew at age 2, she was nearing 10 years old and for the past four years I had noticed changes in her. I knew that she would be starting her hormone changes earlier than I did and that scared me, in more ways than one. Having been very close as mother and daughter, I trusted that my daughter would come to me with anything that she had on her mind. Being that I am a positive, nurturing and loving Mom; I figured that was all that my little girl needed in life.

Boy was I wrong. It wasn’t the positive mindset, the laughter and love that filled that house that keep my daughter and I close. We have some uphill and downhill battles right now during this stage in her life, but we have grown closer through bonding over cards. Yes, that’s right, a deck of 52 cards is what has brought me closer to my daughter. One would never guess the magic behind a good card game after all is silent. Meaning after her brothers are asleep in their beds.

 

Once the two boys are asleep, my daughter and I head to her bedroom with a Chicken Soup for the Soul book in one hand and a deck of 52 cards in the other. A game called Spit is our choice of card game, but first I read a story from whichever Chicken Soup for the Soul book we are currently working on finishing. As I read the story we both seem to find familiarity within the story, not always do I know why it touches my daughter’s heart, but I can see that it does. With tears being held back and a smile upon her face, I can tell my daughter enjoys Chicken Soup for the Soul as much as I do.

Once a child who loved pictures and smiling, she is now the one who holds back from time time, either embarrassed or not so sure how to talk to me, but when we pull out the deck of 52 cards and our game of Spit starts, it’s the magic behind those cards that brings out the conversations. From boys to school and everywhere in between, my daughter and I share a 15-20 minute time period of simply having me listen to her every word. It’s those moments, during our card game, that I learn more about who my daughter is, what’s important to her at this age and where her heart is in life.

I love our 52 playing cards and I firmly believe there is magic behind a game of cards, having been a child who adored playing Solitaire with her grandfather growing up, I know that I am passing down a tradition of card playing to my daughter that I can only hope continues into her teen years and is passed down to her children some day. I will share this story with my daughter as she ages, and hope that she, too, sees the magic behind our card game.

I Miss Card Games Before Bed Without Mood Switches

I have always been big on everyone sitting down to dinner together, it gives us time to discuss our days and really learn to communicate as a family but what do I do during bedtime routine when J is putting K down to sleep? Well that’s easy, Ki, Aj and I get together to play a game of cards. Recently we learned how to play Crazy Eights instead of our normal card games.

For some reason, a card game has become one of the few things that Aj can play with us all that doesn’t send him into a throw down fit. He has major mood fluctuations and card games have always seem to go over pretty well, with little to no mood issues, until recently when a new psychiatrist increased his current medication and now? I find myself missing our old card playing partner, the one who smiled like in this picture while playing cards. The child who didn’t care if he won or loss really, but simply enjoyed the competition and smiles we had while playing together.

I miss our old card games, but on a positive note, when Aj gets back to a steady mood again with whatever medication they end up trying, we will be able to play Crazy Eights for one of my daughter’s friends reminded us of this game. I had forgotten about Crazy Eights, Old Maid and other card games for we always just played Slap Jack, War and/or Go Fish because those were the ones in my immediate memory!

What other kid friendly card games can we enjoy together once Aj’s moods are more stable again?

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