More than just genes
Genetics, and the degree of kinship they determine, have for centuries been the main criteria for defining what family means. In the past, marriage was seen as an absolute commitment. Today, things have changed. People have become freer when it comes to choosing with whom they want to have a relationship. Neither friendships nor partnerships are meant to last forever. Partners are naturally considered as part of the family, as are their parents, siblings and children. When partnerships change, so do family structures. As partnership relationships become looser in their attachments, friendships increasingly take on the role and value of family. A best friend can therefore often seem closer than your own cousin, and the advice of a friendly neighbour, whom you have know since you were a child, may mean more than the opinion offered by an aunt you have only ever met at big family get-togethers. As a result, family means different things to different people. The official degree of kinship is becoming less relevant.
The most important question seems not to be WHO is family, but HOW we would like to live as a family. What matters is trust, what people have in common, what people like doing together and to what degree they accept each other. Whilst some types of family seem to merely live alongside each other with a smartphone in their hands and an iPod in their ears, others delight in making the most of communal family life – joint meals, working together and activities shared with loved ones are the norm.
An active experience of family life
Families with children, but also groups of close friends, therefore often organise family days focused on joint activities, games and enjoyment. In addition to lively discussions, shared days out are often an important part of these family gatherings – as are games, of course, whether they are the classic board games, team sports or brain teasers. No other pastime has the same potential to put people in a good mood and bring them together. At the same time, high-quality games are not only fun, but also have great educational value. A good example is the Lingua Simplex language game by Amelung Design. This is an innovative, interactive game that is not only fun, but introduces players to a new language in such a way that they almost don’t realise that they are learning.
But of course not every game suits everybody. Whilst some people like quiet games such as a jigsaw (take a look at the 3D-Puzzle OBLO in our Games shop category) others want some action. And here age plays a very important role. Young children may be quite happy to spend hours creating their own little world with high quality wooden building blocks; teenagers, on the other hand, need something that is much more cool. You will find carefully thought out games for every age group in the Red Dot Shop, ranging from the award-winning Holzhausen 24+1 Bausteinset to the cool Kartoni football table. Have a look round and you’ll be sure to find games that will make your next family day a great success.
Posted on 30.05.2015