Guest Author - Lynn Little
Children love to play games, and they love attention. Chances are your kids have one time or another asked you to play a game when it was not the best time. You might have been busy making dinner or taking care of other work we sometimes have to do before we can do anything else. Playing board games with your children can create great a way to build lasting memories. While their timing might not be the best, here are some tips on how to play board games with your kids and take care of other tasks.
Time Management can be quite challenging yet very rewarding. Setting time aside once a week or every day to play games with your children can be a very effective way to "have it all." Block out a time slot from 15-30 minutes to play a board game. Most casual board games can be played in under 30 minutes. Set a timer or alarm clock if you worry about losing track of time. Allowing yourself a few minutes to enjoy a fun board game like Sorry! with your children will help build your relationship and give you a break from household duties.
A family game night is a night that is devoted to board and card games. Turn off the television and clear the coffee table. Set your VCR or DVR, whichever technology you have in your home, to record any shows that you or the kids normally would watch that night. Plan a simple meal for dinner or order in pizza or Chinese. Make game night an event. It's a special night where the normal routine is thrown out the window, and the family comes together just to have fun. There are many great board games for family game night like Apples to Apples and Cranium. There are even games for the youngest member of the family to enjoy like Zimbbos! or What's in Ned's Head?
Travel games like Quizwiz Trivia can help to pass the time of a long commute while also giving you a chance to play a game with your children. There is nothing worse than a long car ride. A travel board game can help to break the monotny and bring some entertainment.
Playing board games with your children is not only a great bonding experience but can create lasting memories that will be cherished by both parent and child.