You remember growing up playing those fun family games? I do! Sigh, nostalgia…

Every other day, we would pull out Β board games and spend a good two hours rolling the dice, arguing over free turns, double rolls on sixes, jumping in glee when we sent another’s marker back ‘home’ and doing the triumphant jig when we won πŸ™‚

Well, things haven’t changed too much, I am glad to say. At home, we insist on minimal gadget time for the kid and more interactive, personal play.

In mid-March, on one Sunday evening, as we lazed around the house, V came up with the idea of charades. I was very enthused by the idea and started telling Gy excitedly about the rules: Indicate if it is a movie or a book; Show number of words; Use only hand signals , and about a dozen other rapid-fire instructions.

With a wry look, V steered the bewildered child away from me and whispered a word in her ear. Her face lit up and she took up a stance to indicate a person holding a bat. I yelled out, ‘Cricket!’ You would have thought I had brought the moon down for her. Her face lit up with pride and joy:)

After that, there was no looking back. By rotation, she switched between me and V, asking for clues and acting them out.

For me,this taught two important lessons:

  • Speak to a child as a child would.Β 
  • Act like a child when it’s expected.Β 

And, just for you, here she is, enacting one of the words we discussed. Can you guess it?

Β I’ll be sure to pass on the number of correct responses to her.Β 

Won’t that bring a smile to her face! πŸ™‚

Word count: 286

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

C is for Charades

My theme for the month is :Β Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to theΒ Ultimate Blog ChallengeΒ for April


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  1. Ha ha – great post:-) A feel-good tale from your sphere- well told:-) “Act as a child when expected” πŸ™‚ Oh yes, I do too! ( also if u loose the game..?:-) πŸ™‚ Way to go Shailaja. PS: I love your “Yell-free counter”- very impressive:-) πŸ™‚

  2. Can't view the video as I'm at work but I remember loving charades…used to pay it through school often. As an adult, I still love board games and my friends and I get together for board games like Cranium which has a mix of charades, pictionary and trivial pursuit in it. Best game ever! πŸ˜€

  3. Speak to her as she would, that's something my mom told me when I held P for the first time in my hands ! I see it happen, as she's quick to reciprocate when we say something the way she would say it, even if it is something simple ! Love this piece, Shailaja πŸ™‚ She looks like she is 'waiting ' πŸ™‚ A Tiger waiting πŸ™‚ Lovely pic, and wonderful narration , Shailaja πŸ™‚

  4. Speak to a child as a child would – EXCELLENT. To speak that way you must think that way and it is hard sometimes but works. I think she looks like a tiger (by the way, she is beautiful)

  5. Speak to a child as a child would.
    Act like a child when it's expected.

    Bang on!!! Nailed it!

    Btw is she trying to be tiger or cat woman?

    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

  6. Hahaha that is so sweet πŸ™‚ I remember playing kabbadi with my siblings and badminton with dad. I agree it's important to connect with children with fun games.

  7. Awww…this is such a sweet post about learning from your child! An important parenting lesson shared creatively. Well done, Shailja. By the way, the word that came to mind when i saw Gy's picture was Crawl. But that's not a movie or a book, is it?

  8. As a child I loved to play Carrom and Snakes and Ladder board games. It was fun. Children of today will never know that kind of fun but then they would say that our parents would never know the excitement of playing an online game on an IPAD or mobile πŸ˜›

  9. Shailaja.
    That's one thing I have learnt from this post
    Less of gadgets and more of interactive play..
    Charades has been my favourite also
    Let me also device ways to play charades with my little ones

  10. What is she doing anyway? Crawling? I want to play this with my daughter as well…I hate my son playing with gadgets all the time and I dont have the energy to keep him entertained round the clock

  11. Wonderful choice of word – C is definitely for Charades… πŸ™‚ I remember fun ritual we had a year back in front park of our house. Along with my siblings and their friends, we used to play Charades. In that fun we used to forget the time and used to run back to home at one in the night! πŸ˜€

  12. So, finally I manage to make it back here…..for the Charades no less πŸ™‚ Love the game. And of course the instructions. A question appears though – Was she showing “Crouching Tiger…..;)”

  13. How fun! I haven't ever played much charades. My family loves board games and cards…and of course Nintendo and Playstation! LOL Wonderful, happy post! β™₯

  14. Shailaja,
    Nice to be here
    A very interesting post and cool and lovely pic too.
    But sorry I can't even guess what exactly she is playing LOL
    I am here via Jayanta's page
    Keep blogging
    Keep informed
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip

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