Mom says / Dad says

Mom says / Dad says

Play a modified version of Simon Says by replacing the phrase “Simon says” with “Mom says” or “Dad says.”

Goal: Have fun reinforcing obedience.

Modify the popular game of Simon Says by replacing the phrase “Simon says” with “Mom says” or “Dad says.”

The rules of the game are as follows: The game leader (mom or dad) calls out a simple instruction such as “Touch your toes.” If the game leader precedes their instruction with the words “Mom says” or “Dad says,” the children playing the game need to complete the action called out by the game leader. If a child has not been listening closely and follows a directive that was not preceded by “Mom says” or “Dad says,” they are “out.”

Usually, anyone “caught out” in this way has to sit out the remaining rounds of the game until only one child – the winner – is left. However, you may decide to skip this step to ensure that all children remain in the game for each round.

Relevant Scripture

Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth.’ ”

Colossians 3:20 “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”