Making Time for Family Time (With a Giveaway!)

by Ana on December 1, 2011

Like most families in Silicon Valley, my kids have busier social schedules than their parents.  Every afternoon it seems like they have some kind of sports game, music lesson or other afterschool activity; when they’re free, there’s always some friend clamoring to have a playdate.  Stay-at-home parents and working parents alike find themselves spending time with their kids while shuttling them from activity to activity, or from afterschool care to home.   A friend of mine with a girl in middle school is bemoaning the fact that her daughter now prefers to study at the school library with her friends rather than at home.  My kids are still in elementary school, and I can already relate — sometimes I feel like it’s a wonder we see them at all!

With so much going on, it takes a real effort to carve out time in our schedules for some family time — but spending time together is more important than ever.  Even just eating meals together on a regular basis has been linked to numerous benefits, including better grades in school, reduced risk of obesity, and lower rates of substance abuse, and most experts agree that the family that plays together, stays together.  Whether it’s a monthly ping-pong tournament, a weekly movie night, a Wii dance showdown, a  game of catch-and-throw at the park or a trip to the beach, you’ll be improving your children’s self-esteem, building lifelong bonds and creating lifelong memories.


EA Games is teaming up with Best Buy for a Family Game Day at Best Buy Santana Row on December 4.  It’s a chance for families to spend time together, playing board games, trying out the latest edition of Family Game Night, and competing as a family to win fabulous prizes.  And to celebrate Family Game Day and the release of Family Game Night 4, EA Games is offering a fantastic gift pack to one lucky Silicon Valley Mamas reader! The gift pack includes:

* A copy of Family Game Night 4 for Wii, XBox or Playstation Move (winner’s choice)
* A Hasbro board game
* A deck of playing cards
* A t-shirt

To enter, leave a comment below, and one lucky winner will be randomly selected December 8. Entry deadline is midnight PST, December 7. For an additional entry, Like our Facebook page.  For a second additional entry, tweet about this giveaway (the tweet MUST include a link to this giveaway post, our twitter name @svmamas and the hashtag #FGN4).

Bonggamom has been trying to beat her kids at a videogame, any videogame, for several years — if she ever succeeds, she’ll be trumpeting her success on her personal blog, Finding Bonggamom.

Disclaimer: The giveaway prize was provided by EA Games.  No compensation was received for running the post or hosting the giveaway.


NAN December 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

we love playing games
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Christine W December 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

We love playing games and are always on the lookout for family appropriate video games. Thanks for the chance!

Christine W December 2, 2011 at 7:47 am
Elena December 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Elena December 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I like you on Facebook as Elena Istomina

Elena December 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm
San Fran Moms Deal Finder December 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Would LOVE to win!!! :) We love playing games as a family!

latonya r December 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm
latonya r December 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I like traditional games transformed on game playing devices.

latonya r December 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I liked on facebook as livivua!

Christine W December 5, 2011 at 8:02 am

I liked you on FB = christine wember

Kevin E December 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I would love to win this for our family, and we have a Wii console to play it on!

Kevin E December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I like Silicon Valley Mamas Facebook page

Kevin E December 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Tina Rath December 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Family game night was special when my kids were small and now that they are adults getting together for a family game night with them and the grands makes everyone happy and builds many good memories.

Tina Rath December 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Like your FB page – Tina S Rath

Tina Rath December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Claire December 7, 2011 at 6:51 am

What a great giveaway. thanks!

Tracie Trump December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My nieces would love this game!

Tracie Trump December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Like you on FB!

Mommydoll13 December 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

this game is defiantly on my family’s Christmas wishlist..
looks like so much fun =)


Mommydoll13 December 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

like you on fb
Teh Doll

Mommydoll13 December 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm


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Melissa Paz December 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm

This sounds great, I’d love to have some games to play with my family. Liked and tweeted!

Lisa December 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

We love to play games together!! Crazy, zany fun. Frauds friends join the action. Love it!

Lisa December 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Like you on fb!

S Medlock December 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

We would love a game for our kids. Plus, my hubby and I can play when the kids aren’t looking. My in laws came over and did family game night with the kids. It was funny. It always is. My two youngest kids “pretend” to play with each other when we’re not supposed to look…but I do. Lol.

Ana December 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Congratulations to Melissa P! She won the giveaway!

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