Not sure what “Would You Rather …” is? Well, it’s a great game for kids and parents. It’s entertaining, often hilarious—and perfect for two or more players. It’s also a great tool to jumpstart conversations, coax creativity and imagination, and encourage kids to voice their opinions. There are no right or wrong answers.
It works like this:
You, the parent, are the questioner.
Each month we will provide a list of five thought-provoking and/or ridiculously amusing “Would You Rather …” questions for your kids to answer. In each round, players (a.k.a. your children) select one answer from two really good alternatives (for instance, “Would you rather be really, really rich or really, really intelligent?”), one answer from two really bad choices (“Would you rather eat pickles for lunch every day for an entire year or wear the same clothes every day without bathing?), or one answer from two neutral options. Players can’t opt out, or answer “both” or “neither.” Switch things up a bit and let your kids ask you their own “Would You Rather …” questions.
To get things rolling, we came up with five end-of-the-school-year questions. On your next road trip, ask your kids:
1. Would you rather do four hours of homework at home after school every day or go to school two hours earlier in the morning and stay at school two hours later?
2. Would you rather be the smartest and most talented kid in class or the most popular and best looking?
3. Would you rather win a spelling bee or a chess tournament?
4. Would you rather be a teacher and have to deal with 20 energetic students or be a student and deal with one totally boring teacher?
5. Would you rather sit at a lunch table with your best friends and eat celery sticks and egg whites every day or eat alone every day and feast on anything you want when you want it?