have a family game night





1-2 hours



Emotionally difficult days are those where one needs to take care of themselves the most. Yesterday was one them. Kids are off school for the whole week, wondering what to make of their time.

There is a lot to do in the Washington DC area, you would say. And you’d be true. But sometimes, you don’t feel like looking for stuff to do. You just want to have a day off and go back to the times where your parents took care of you and you took care of yourself.

Yesterday, I wished my family were closer and I could leave the kids with them and just be.

But I was stuck. Under these circumstances, how to take care of myself?

My planned Self-Care Act was to play Scrabble on a family game night. And I questioned myself: shall I maintain or skip and do something else on my own?

I heard/read many times that a problem can become an opportunity. So I decided -deliberately- to crash test this idea. I maintained the game night to see how it would go, trying to enjoy the fun as much as possible. And guess what happened?

It was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. Hubby, Lila, Duderina and I had lots of laughter, mainly because the bilingual (French/English) version of the Scrabble was a hilarious one to play.

So I confirm: your problem is also your gift.


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Note: Posts 1-10 are relatively short.


When I started the Self-Care Journey, I didn’t know I was embarking for 365 days. I had a very vague idea of what my concept or my objectives -appart from taking care of myself- were.


I’m keeping the posts the way they were initially published so that you can witness the evolution of my journey and live the experience the way I did.


Love to all and thanks for any comments you’d like to leave.

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Playing games with your kids (friends, family…) is a perfect way to have fun, laugh and spend quality time together.


Even for a family game night, preparation is key. To have the best experience:

– Order pizzas. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time playing

– Start early to have enough time to finish the game. You don’t want to get stressed because it’s getting too late for the kids

– Forget about the clock, about your phone and the rest of the world. Be in the moment.

– Take this moment as an opportunity to talk, listen and exchange with your kids (or sibblings, or parents, or friends or whoever you’re playing with). I’m always amazed at how much I learn about my kids when we spend quality time with together.