Do you have a mothers group? Are you planning a baby shower for a mom having their second baby? Do you just want to get together with some mother friends for coffee? Here is a fun game to share insight and memories with other mothers.
[quote type=”center”]Invariably, opportunities afforded by the personal circumstances of the believers initially involved… to enter into meaningful and distinctive conversation with local residents dictate how the process of growth begins in a cluster.[/quote]
-Universal House of Justice, 28 December 2010 (paragraph 4)
The motivation behind this game is that sometimes when mothers get together they start talking about the material details of their experience – how the kids are sleeping, new foods they are trying, discipline techniques, etc – and run out of time for more abstract topics. This game is meant to offer a bit of structure for making sure that the more personal subjects get covered, too, so mothers can learn from each other and also get to know each other on a deeper level.
Both sharing and learning about someone’s childhood experience can be just as helpful as finding out what everyone cooked for dinner last night – but the topic has to be brought up in order for it make a difference in anyone’s life.
Basically the Mother Moments game consists of 18 questions that would spark meaningful conversation. The questions can be answered in a single sentence by one person or become an hour long discussion amongst everyone – that is up to the group. Each question is meant to share a moment of motherhood that can inspire ourselves and others.
Simply print out the one page document and cut up the squares. These cards can be slipped into an envelope and kept in your purse to be pulled out at a coffee shop, or pasted onto colored squares of paper and personalized with a fun label on the back if you want to use the game for a specific event (like a baby shower).
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The game can be played in many ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Cut up the questions and put them into a bowl. Have everyone sit in a circle and pass the bowl around so each person has a card. Have one person start by asking the question and the first person who answers, gets to then ask their question to the group. Continue the questions until everyone has asked a question. The person who went first answers the last question.
- Cut up the questions and put them under people’s chairs (or plates, if you are sitting at a table). When it is time to start the game, direct each person to find their question card. Have everyone take turns reading their question aloud and answering it to the group.
- Cut up the questions and put them in a bowl. Write everyone’s names on pieces of paper to put into another bowl. Have one person start with the two bowls, asking them to select a card with a question and a card with a name at random. They ask the person they selected the question they chose. That person then answers the question, and it is their turn to select two cards.
- Cut up the questions and place them in a bowl in the middle of the circle. Choose one card, and have everyone take turns (going around the circle) answering the question. Allow people a certain number of “passes” if they do not wish to answer. Have people choose the cards, in turn, until the time runs out.
- If you have a regular mother’s group that meets often, read one card for all moms to answer every week until the cards run out. After that, take turns coming up with new questions for the group.
Of course, enjoy these questions over some refreshments of your choosing.
What other ideas do you have for spiritually uplifting mother-to-mother time?