Tired of those nights where your family sits quietly in front of the T.V.?
There are much more stimulating and bonding activities you can do with you family, after homework is finished of course!
You will soon find that family game night is beneficial for multiple reasons. Aside from the general increase of mentally stimulating entertainment, you can learn a ton about your kid’s personalities and shortcomings during a board or card game. For example, a board game will show you how your kids handle losing (and winning) as well as their levels of patience and cooperation. Board games also give you the opportunity to ask your children how their day went including their shortcomings and strong points in school, both socially and academically.
On the other hand, becoming lazy and allowing your children to play video games and watch TV every night does nothing to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
Regular communication is one the driving factors behind successful parenting. Most children’s shortcomings, arguments and tantrums are due to misunderstandings with their parents. Communication significantly curbs this issue.
Of course, we are all busy individuals and every night does not have to be a “family game night.” Try to set aside for 1-2 nights/week for game night. Additionally, if you find family members aimlessly surfing through channels or the internet encourage a game night. If you need some additional resources to convince your little ones, make them a Rudi’s toast with some Nutella or Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (the healthier alternative)!
Here is a link to some of the best family board games of 2012:
Here is a link to some of the most popular card games: