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Daily Diary: A Family Game That I Will Make A Habit Of Playing


Two nights ago, we were all hanging out on my bed. Natalie was reading us a story, Liam was checking out his new toy, Bill was listening to our daughter, and I was flipping through a magazine. I love quiet times together. It was very close to bedtime so I didn’t want to get the kids too excited or riled up. They wanted to wrestle with their father and I really didn’t want to get their hearts racing like that. So, I grabbed a piece of paper and made up a quick game.

I wrote everyone’s name on a little sheet and folded them up. Then I had each family member pick out a name and say one good thing about that person. We did it three times to ensure that we each had a chance to speak about everyone else. The kids LOVED it and if I’m being honest – I LOVED IT too because I got to actually hear what the kids were thinking.

For instance, Liam said that he loved how much I kissed him. My heart melted instantly. It also gave Bill and me a chance to appreciate one another – and that’s something we typically don’t say out loud (after 10 years of marriage a lot of stuff is assumed).

It was a very loving moment and I will be sure to remember to do it every now and then so we can all check back into this family.

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


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