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An outdoor game in which each parent teaches a valuable lesson to their children's friends

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Mar 04, 2022
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On a group hike, every adult gets 10 minutes to talk to every kid. During those 10 minutes, they try to teach the kid something useful. Once the time is up, all pairs are mixed up and the next lesson begins.
  • By early teens, kids are likely to disqualify or disagree with anything their parents have to teach them. By that time they have developed immunity to their parents' way of explaining things. They might listen to someone else though. At least for a few minutes.
  • People have accumulated different wisdom based on their different life experiences. Chances are, whatever they have to teach will be useful, new, or told in a new way that will stick in the child's memory.
  • A fun way for the group to bond and meet their friends' parents in a way that's less awkward because they don't have to do much talking.
  • Pass valuable knowledge to your child's friends.
How it works
Schools in my area sometimes organize group hikes in nature where all the parents and kids join in. The hikes last for a few hours.
What if during such hikes, everyone played a game:
  1. One adult and one kid par up for 10 minutes.
  2. During the 10 minutes, every adult tries to teach some valuable life lessons to their young hiking partner.
  3. The space between pairs is large enough to prevent overhearing and being pulled into conversations with other pairs.
  4. After 10 minutes is up, the adult from the front pair goes to the back of the line and joins the child in the last pair. All adults shift forward by one child.
In the evening, parents could ask their kids to recall their top 5 lessons, etc.
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Shireesh Apte
Shireesh Apte2 years ago
The recreational leagues in the USA are extremely valuable as regards your idea. The children are coached by multiple adults in their formative years (from 5 through the teens), in the sport of their choice. The children are taught game (and frequently, life-skills by multiple adult coaches). This also builds respect for the parent if the parent is the coach. I remember being a coach and assistant coach for my son's soccer team for 2 out of the 5 years that he played recreational soccer.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 years ago
Kids get insight into different perspectives. It would be beneficial if the parents were from different schools and backgrounds. Some kids might realise how fortunate they are to live the lifestyles they do. Others who don't live affluent lives would receive lessons in money management and so forth.
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