It’s the magical week between Christmas and New Years, where the kids are happily quiet and busy with all their new gifts from Santa and no one is bored. But I’m going to be generous and give it about a week before we are back to arguing, tantrums and general nonsense. Today we have a guest post by Cory Bowman who has a great tip on how to get through the day-to-day ridiculousness that is parenting….without losing your pretty little mind.
As a parent, it’s easy to take things too seriously in your seemingly endless day-to-day routine. A fuse can blow at times when, well, it shouldn’t, and we can all admit that having a minute or two to breathe wouldn’t just be a nice change of pace; it’d be welcomed with outstretched arms. With that in mind, it’s good to know that there are some pretty easy ways to decompress. One of them is to develop ways to deal with all of the stress in your life, to which I’d point you to Zen Habits. However, if you want to do so with a touch of humor, there’s no better way than embracing a game you probably haven’t thought about in years. That is, unless, you have played it recently with your kids.
What I’m referring to, of course, is bingo. Yes, the game your own parents may play at community centers and similar venues can be a useful way to unwind and have a good laugh. As you’ll see in the photo accompanying this article, it all comes thanks to Nick Mom, who developed this LOL-loaded spin on the game. There are spaces for you to mark that feature lines like, “Failed to complete a single conversation with anyone older than 9,” and “Ate cold food while standing at the counter,” among others. If you have never experienced any of these, consider yourself lucky—very lucky—because they should pretty much all apply to your life.
And just in case you’re reading this as a parent-to-be, let it serve as a preview of what you can expect. Don’t let them come off as a negative, either, because you learn to love or, at the very least, find the humor in all of these situations. I mean, how could you not find it funny that the only person you have had a conversation with today is under the age of 10?
Using the game of bingo in your parenting life doesn’t have to end here, by the way. In fact, creating your own cards could very well become part of your weekly schedule, as you find one afternoon to wind down with arts and crafts. The cards can be as goofy as the one in the post or perhaps more rewarding—or they can serve as the basis for a fun game night for you and your friends who also happen to be parents. And if you think bingo is a game for old folks, think again.
It’s become increasingly popular both among the youth—think hipsters playing the game in coffee shops—and other demographics. This is most evident on the web, with the popular Betfair platform often having over 10,000 users playing at the same time. You can see for yourself here, where you could also find inspiration for your next do-it-yourself bingo card. Similarly, Print Bingo has a variety of cards available that you can use as a template—view them on their site—so you all really need is some creativity to get your own gaming going. Or, you know, you can just use the one shared in this post. The choice is yours. Good luck!