Unplugging And Game Playing

June 30, 2010 by  
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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio Series Update June 24: Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart. I am dismayed about the fact that so many families no longer spend time playing cards and board games. With video games being all the rage, the board games have been relegated to yard sales or top shelves of closets. Well, bring them down from the shelves or go buy them at the nearest yard sale. Because game playing has many, many benefits for your kids’ development. Game-playing is a social event; playing involves interaction.

It means people sitting down together, enjoying an activity. Playing games with your kids can give you an occasion to be goofy, playful and reminisce about your own childhood. It’s a time to joke around, cheer each other on, and give hi-fives when someone makes a crafty move. It’s a way of staying in tune with your kids, discovering what they know, how much they have improved, and what you may need to help them learn. It provides opportunity to allow your kids to have the upper hand, outsmart you and win. Or just the opposite: it provides opportunity to learn from their mistakes, tolerate frustration and be good losers. Form teams or play individually—play competitively or play in cooperation. Choose the classics: Monopoly, Life, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, Clue, War, Go Fish, Old Maid, Charades, Scrabble or some of the newer ones like Scattegories, Taboo or Cranium. Have you played with your kids today? Grab a game, and … Enjoy your kids!

Top 5 Tips of the Week:

  1. Unplug the video game
  2. Dust off the board games from the top shelf of the closet
  3. Spend time playing games and interacting with your kids
  4. Notice how many skills your kids are developing through game play
  5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions

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