My family talks. A lot. About everything. We know everything about each other... Or so I thought.
When we received Family Talk, I thought it would be great for people that, well, AREN'T my family. People who aren't really close and don't share everything with each other. To be honest, I thought I would find it kinda... eh... cheesy? and more geared toward the younger family members of which we have plenty of nieces and nephews but not living with us, but we wanted to review it for our readers because it did seem like a good idea for a family game with kids in the grade to middle school age range. I figured we would rehash all the stuff we already knew about each other, then put it up until Ian was old enough to ask us these same questions.
Boy was I wrong. First of all, you should know, I don't know nearly as much as I thought I did about my family. Among other things, I learned the real name of my Great Grandmother Buddy, on my mothers mothers side. For the sake of her memory and dignity, and for the sake of all our readers, I will not share it here, or anywhere. Ever. She hated her name, loathed her very German name, so she was Buddy. It started at the sewing factory she worked at (she was an amazing seamstress) and I guess it caught on.
Overall, this is a great conversation starter. Some questions thoughtful, some funny, some geared toward the older members, and all are meant to get people talking. Each question has lead to a conversation, each conversation revealing more than a simple answer. This is a wonderful, non-competitive game everyone can play. They also have variations for kids, teens, camp and grandparents, each with questions geared to the specific group.
Family Talk won Conversation of the Year from Creative Child magazine in 2009, it was developed by a mom and occupational therapist and has even been featured on the today show.
It is a simple keychain with cards, so it is easily portable... a good waiting in line or traveling game! At only $10 I feel it is a very fair price, and really, what price can you put on getting close to, getting to really -know- your family? It would be a wonderful stocking stuffer.
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