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Family Gathering Bingo

Have a Little Fun at Those Ghastly Get-Togethers

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Family Gathering Bingo Image by Terri Mauro

It's terrible when you kind of dread spending time with extended family, but sometimes the slights and comments about your child and your parenting become tough to take. You may not be able to get out of that together time, but you can have a little secret fun with a Family Gathering Bingo board. Download a grid, fill in the empty boxes with appropriate selections from the list below, and then sneakily cross of squares every time that relative says that outrageous thing that you knew he or she would but you still can't quite believe. If your spouse is like-minded, make two boards and turn it into a contest. Hey, these gatherings are supposed to be fun. No reason not to make your own.

Family Gathering Bingo Items:
Pick 24 to write into the boxes on the grid, or make up your own.

  • Family member criticizes your parenting.
  • Family member suggests your child just needs a good spanking.
  • Family member insists there's nothing wrong with your child.
  • Family member insists your child is nothing but wrong.
  • Family member claims to know more about your child than you do.
  • Family member claims insight into your life.
  • Family member constantly brags on his/her kids.
  • Family member constantly complains about his/her perfectly fine kids.
  • Family member uses the R-word.
  • Family member defends another relative's use of the R-word.
  • Family member ignores your child.
  • Family member ignores your child even when your child is trying to make contact.
  • Your child receives a gift that's way too advanced.
  • Your child receives a gift that's way too babyish.
  • Your child tries to play with cousins and is rebuffed.
  • Your child winds up playing with much younger relatives.
  • Your child plays with cousins who only want to boss him/her.
  • Your child only wants to play with you.
  • There's nothing on the menu your child can eat.
  • Things your child can't eat are put at easy arm's reach.
  • Anything your gluten-restricted child might have been able to eat is covered in bread crumbs.
  • Every last Christmas cookie has nuts in it.
  • No one will tell you whether the food is safe because food allergies are silly.
  • Family member tries to sneak your child a food he/she can't have.
  • Family member lies to get you to give your child an unsafe food.
  • Family member looks at you like you're pathetic.
  • Family member looks at you like you're just making stuff up.
  • Family member tells your how tired you look.
  • Your child is left out of family pictures.
  • Your child is in family pictures, and everyone says he/she ruined them.
  • Your child is on best behavior, but no one notices.
  • Your child is on worst behavior, and everybody notices.
  • Your child is holding it together, and everybody thinks that's his/her worst behavior.
  • Family member talks about your child's problems right in front of your child.
  • Family member tries to press some disability-related reading material on you.
  • Family member refuses to accept any disability-related reading material from you.
  • You're blamed for not putting your child in an impossible-to-handle situation.
  • You're blamed for putting your child in a situation that suits his/her needs.
  • You're blamed for your child's disabilities.
  • You're blamed for your child's behavior.
  • Your child is blamed for anything that causes discomfort for anyone else.
  • Your child is blamed for things other kids did without comment.
  • No one notices that adorable thing your kid did.
  • Everyone notices that adorable thing your kid did, but doesn't care.
  • Everyone notices that adorable thing another kid in the family does.
  • Everyone thinks that awful thing another kid in the family does is adorable.
  • You are criticized for not putting your child in a fancy holiday outfit.
  • You put your child in a fancy holiday outfit, and are criticized for his/her fidgets and fussing.
  • You try to get your family out of there early, and no one will let you.
  • You try to get your family out of there early, and everybody seems glad.
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