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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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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Eli Z · April 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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™‚

carol · April 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Great post. She looks like maybe a tiger or cat of some kind.

Psych Babbler · April 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm

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˜€

Sreeja Praveen · April 3, 2014 at 3:10 am

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™‚

tulika singh · April 3, 2014 at 4:43 am

Crouching Tiger? Agree with you on 'speak to a child as a child would'. It's hard sometimes but that's the only way we can reach out to them.

Carol Graham · April 3, 2014 at 4:51 am

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)

Vidya Sury · April 3, 2014 at 5:15 am

Crouching tiger is the first thing that came to mind. She could be a cougar also.

Love the pic!

Ananya Tales · April 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

Feeling good after reading ur post πŸ™‚

iamstri · April 3, 2014 at 5:31 am

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?

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Red Handed · April 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

How bad I was in this game. But my Dad always insisted that we played this during our Sunday family time. Phew
Your brought memories back πŸ™‚

Corinne Rodrigues · April 3, 2014 at 6:41 am

This brought back loads of memories of summer holidays and a daily round of charades at my grandparent's home, Shailaja.

Rajlakshmi · April 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

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.

Aditi · April 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

I love Charades and Scrabble and card games!! N now I want to play so bad!! πŸ™‚

Bhavya · April 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

She looks like a crouching tiger πŸ˜›
We still play a round or two of this game at times during our lunch breaks in office and its so much fun! πŸ˜€


Nabanita · April 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

Ohh so cute! Love this idea and I love Charades …All I need now is a baby to play with..can I borrow urs..she's sooo adorable !! πŸ™‚

Random Thoughts Naba

Swathi Shenoy · April 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

is she enacting a lion or tiger??
we friends play this game a lot.. we call it dumb shell acts πŸ™‚ reminded me of all those fun times πŸ™‚

Beloo Mehra · April 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

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?

sulekkha · April 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

She could be a Tiger on the prowl or a ferocious house cat πŸ™‚ She is a lovely child, bless her. · April 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

Or something to do with Suryanamaskaar?

Interactive, gadget-free games are fun!

Sheethal Susan Jacob · April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

I love all the family games… and we still play this when all the cousins come together… Loved the pic!!

Prasanna Rao · April 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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˜›

Dr. Gauri Kekre · April 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Cat! or Tiger. maybe! I love charades and remember how Mughal-E-Azam used to be enacted back then. It would be. Mooh – Gale – Hazam! hahahahahaha

ovengoodies · April 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

G's pose makes me think of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Was it a movies round?
Loved the 2 lessons – I need to keep them in mind. πŸ™‚

Richa Singh · April 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

A tiger or a cat or a race something like ready to go. And yes with a child you have to be a child!


sitara nair · April 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

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

Found In Folsom · April 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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˜€ · April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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…..;)”

PhenoMenon · April 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I used to be in the school and college team for Dumb Charades πŸ™‚ Love it


Kathy Combs · April 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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™₯

Shailaja V · April 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Oh I'm always upset when I lose πŸ˜‰ Thanks Eli. It's been a long challenge with the yelling less:)

Shailaja V · April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Carol. Answer in tomorrow's post πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I've got to get myself some Cranium. Now that sounds weird πŸ™‚

P V Ariel · April 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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
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Jessica Shipman · April 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I still love Charades now! It is a great game to play. Happy AtoZ!

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Sunni · April 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

What fun. We played charades and many made up games as we grew up on a farm.


Aparna · April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

Lovely idea :).. I saw the answer on your later post already so can't guess πŸ˜‰

Shilpa Garg · April 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

I thought of an attacking lion, but just checked the answer, it is a tiger!
Liked the 2 important lessons you shared, Shailaja πŸ™‚

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · April 6, 2014 at 6:34 am

I thought of a lion.
Nice lesson of teaching lost games to our children. Too much technology.

anuprabha v · April 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Wonderful write up and beautiful photographs. You proved you are a very caring and affectionate mother.

Amrit Rukhaiyaar · April 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

although I am too late for guessing Shailaja, but I think, this cute kid is being a CAT… lovely post


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