FAMILIES THAT PLAY TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER
Most families have busy schedules. With parents facing challenging and stressful careers and kids engaging in a host of extracurricular activities, many families find that there is no time left to be together as a family. The added specter of a seemingly endless flood of unsettling news makes it more imperative than ever for families to set aside time to communicate.
Board games are an effective tool for family communication. It’s easy to make conversation over a board game. Games set up a relaxing atmosphere, so laughing and sharing stories about school, work, friends and life in general flow easily from parent to child, and child to parent. The security that family play provides to children and the manner in which family fun alleviates tension are only the beginnings of the perks of playing board games.
Below are some additional family benefits from playing board games. I hope these will convince you that board games are a great family activity.
All in all, a family that plays together, stays together. The bonding, communication, fun and laughter of game playing not only provides pivotal teaching opportunities, but will surely keep families close and secure in our pressured world.
I recall with the most nostalgia the times of family game playing, the smell of the popcorn, the humor, the joking, the competition, and that sense of kidding that took place. Quality family time spent playing games allows parents to nurture their children and develop a trusting and caring relationship, which is so vitally important in these unsettled times.
FAMILIES ENCOURAGED TO PLAY ONE MILLION MINUTES OF GAMES*
Groups join the Million Minute Family challenge because it is an easy, yet effective way to re-energize and give incentive to spending time with family or friends. Board games and card games offer true face-to-face interaction that is disappearing in our daily lives. Playing a game creates a relaxed environment to converse, laugh and really get to know one another, and all of this can be accomplished in as little as 20 minutes. The website will track minutes as they reach goals. Sign up today. www.millionminute.com
*Used with permission of Patch Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of family entertainment products. www.patchproducts.com
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