Just before my husband and I were married, I realized the awesome responsibility that lay ahead of me. I would soon be a stepmother to two girls, taking on a parental role to children who, in reality, I barely knew. I panicked. Shouldn't any stepmom worthy of the title know her stepkids' favorite foods, favorite movies, what they wanted to be when they grew up? How was I supposed to learn all this? It would be too creepy to sit them down at the kitchen table and fire off questions, jotting down their responses to be memorized at a later date. So I had to get sneaky and devise ways of getting to know them, that would seem like fun to the girls.
If you have a child in your life whom you'd like to get to know better, whether it's a stepchild, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or your child's best friend, try these games. As kids get older, they stop communicating as openly as they once did. Any opportunity to gain insight into their thoughts, hopes, and way of looking at the world is a wonderful chance for you to get closer to them. These games and activities were just as much fun for my husband to do with his own daughters, as they were valuable to me in fulfilling my new role in their lives.