This family has got game—literally. He’s a board game designer and illustrator. She’s a teacher and entrepreneur. And every night is game night at their house.
I don’t like to use the term traditional to describe our family. Most days, I feel like we are anything but. However, there are four of us; I married the man of my dreams and have two beautiful squishy children. I live in the city with my three boys. I fight the term traditional because to me that sounds lacklustre. As a mother, a wife, a teacher and now an entrepreneur, my life is geared toward having fun as a family every day. Presently, I am teaching middle school Math, Science, and Design & Technology (that’s fancy for Shop) and loving it.
Most people consider parenting and having a full-time job as more than enough. But for me it just wasn’t. I have always wanted to run my own business. There is just something about making it as an entrepreneur that I have had an affinity for. I have been brainstorming for years about what to do with this. In the meantime, I have watched my husband—a game designer and illustrator—gush over his game projects. I have worked with him to plan and play-test so many of his games. Not to mention the hours we spend playing games that have already been published. It is not uncommon for us to stay home on a Saturday night and have some friends over to play some of our favourites. As my children get older, they become more entrenched in the board-game world as well. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t play some sort of game, before dinner, after dinner and on the weekends.
As a teacher, I have gotten my students involved in this amazing world of board games. I have used them in my class as a teaching tool, and have even had students create their own games. The program is very successful at getting kids to create and innovate, and out of all this an amazing idea was born. This summer I took my drive to become an entrepreneur and started a board gaming program for kids.
I still work very hard at my jobs as a mom and as a teacher, but this new venture is so exciting for me. It is as if all of my worlds suddenly collided and created a brand new me. Two weeks ago my company (myself, my husband, my kids and a couple of amazing volunteers) ran a public family games night in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. It felt great to have an awesome time and give back to the community, and we did it all together as a family. I never thought that board gaming would become such a central element in my life, but it’s part of my teaching career, my business, my social life, and most definitely my family. We use games to teach, to learn, to compete, to collaborate, to grow, and mostly to have fun.
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