Family Game Night
There is no question that spending quality time with your family is beneficial for kids and adults alike. While most associate “game playing” with children, it is an important activity that adults also need to incorporate into their busy and often stressful lives. Play-based activities have been shown to help release endorphins, improve brain functionality, and stimulate creativity. According to the American College of Pediatricians, family game nights create stronger family bonds, reduce familial stress, and foster better behaved children. If that doesn’t sell you on dusting off the board games, here are few more reasons why you should.
Problem solving and life skills
Life isn’t easy and challenges are guaranteed. Playing games gives adults the opportunity to demonstrate effective problem-solving techniques that kids can learn from and emulate, such as following directions, taking turns, being patient, not to giving up, and how to stay friendly in a competitive setting.
Opening up lines of communication
Kids are more likely to share their thoughts and feelings when they are doing something else. The times between turns, between hands of cards, between games allows time for sharing of things that may otherwise be difficult to say.
Creating happy memories
Families that can have fun together on a regular basis create an emotional “bank” of good memories and positive feelings that can be drawn on when times are hard or when family members are apart.
That’s right, games often help with the core concepts in spelling, vocabulary, math, and strategy. Research from Carnegie Mellon shows that a small amount of playing academic based games leads to big results in the classroom.
Ready to get started? Check out this great blog that organized 35 games into several categories, making it easier for you to find games that are right for your family.
“Life is just like a game, first you have to learn the rules of the game, and then play it better than any one else. “