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Family Game Nights
If you have more than one child, I absolutely recommend that you encourage them to play board games together-- but playing as a family is even better. Similarly, if you have an only child, you can certainly encourage him to play games with his friends, but again, family game time is special. This is a great time for families to bond and enjoy each other’s company. I mentioned playing some games with my older brother, but I also remember game nights where my mom and dad would get involved too. We’d often play Clue or Rummy Tile. We’d play games at home or on camping trips. I’m sure I was learning things and having fun, but I most remember how much I enjoyed just hanging out with my parents.
I highly recommend arranging family game nights with your kids, no matter what ages they are. It’s a great time to check in with each other and just have some fun. While I do admit that my husband and I often play video games with our kids, we still strive to make the time for board games as well. A lot can be said about the face-to-face time you have with your children. I know video games are fun, but we aren’t looking at each other or even talking to each other most of the time because we are focusing on the TV or computer screen. With board games you are almost always sitting in a circle, facing one another. That is much better for family togetherness time.
So, now we get to the most important part of game playing. Have fun! Remember, this is a time for everyone to chill out, relax, and enjoy themselves and each other’s company. Try to avoid going all competitive on one another, unless that’s what you all enjoy. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to win at least sometimes. If that means playing different games so that everyone has a chance to excel, then make it so.
It’s definitely OK to lose once in a while, but if one person never gets to be the winner, that person may not enjoy playing after a while. So, if you aren’t already playing board games with your kids, now is the time. Dig them out of the closet and dust them off. Set up some family game time and have some fun! You’ll be creating wonderful memories, challenging minds both young and old (well maybe not THAT old), and most importantly, having a great time with your loved ones.
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