Bonding through board games

Families live in a busy world, in which time together is often lost in the buzz of activity. Board games provide face-to-face interaction, helping families get connected, have fun together and create lasting memories.

Here are some things to have in mind when carving out time for a family game night:

• Schedule a regular day and time on the calendar for playing a board game. Designate the same day every week. Keep it short at the beginning and then add more time as desired.

• Avoid choosing a board game that is too hard for your kids’ ages, or one that everybody hates playing. Start by playing one that your youngest child definitely can play. After that, let your youngest team up with someone for a bit more challenging game.

• Only family members and friends are invited. Make it a rule that technology be set aside until your game night is over.

• Keep a stash of great board games around the house. You’ll be sure to find a taker when you ask, “Does anyone want to play a game?”

Nancy Nelson33 Posts

Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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