Board Games and Bonding Time

Kids these days have lost an important experience, that of playing board games with their parents. They’re all too busy looking at their phones and tablets for hours on end to sit down and play a board game like Monopoly or Scrabble with their parents. There was a time when this happened quite often, especially on rainy days during beach vacations, when there was nothing else to do but sit inside and play a board game. Mom and Dad would get out the Monopoly board and sit down with the kids, and a happy hour or two would ensue.

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Well, sometimes. Actually, what also happened at times was that little Joey turned into a rapacious businessman who did everything he could to drive the rest of the family to bankruptcy by buying up all the prime boardwalk property and pushing them to the sidelines. At some point there would be arguments, shouting, accusations of cheating, and then perhaps someone would overturn the board and stomp out of the room. Sometimes this childish behavior would actually be coming from Dad, who had a major competitive streak, and didn’t like losing to his kids.

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Seriously, though, board games are still a great way for parents to bond with their children. Although it can be hard to get children these days to put down their phones and concentrate on a board game, they often find that it’s a pleasant experience. It’s nice to stop all the chatter from social media and just focus on a game, and it can be a great time for parents and children to get to know each other better. It’s definitely worthwhile to get out the board games once in a while!

The Importance of Playing Games with your Child

Many parents believe that they don’t have enough time to play with their children, or that there isn’t a need for them to do so. Games are a major part of every child’s development, and a parental influence in this is very important.
Below are 5 reasons that make playing games with your child beneficial, for both parties involved.
1. Strengthens the bond between parent and child.
When a baby is born, they are not aware that they are separate from their parents, as we take care of their every need. This forms a very important nurturing bond. As a child grows older they become more independent and develop their own ideas and personalities. As a result, maintaining this relationship becomes more challenging.
When the parent plays games with the child it helps to build a stronger bond, by creating an environment for the parent to interact with the child in a way that they both enjoy. This brings them closer and helps develop a lasting relationship.
2. The parent is able to teach the child through games.
Playing games is the way that children learn about the world they are in. They are introduced to different aspects of themselves, their environment and other people. It is also more likely that they will remember what they learn while doing activities they love.
This makes play-time an ideal opportunity to teach a child moral values and social skills. Games based on reasoning encourage the child to develop problem-solving abilities and patience. These are all skills that will last a lifetime.
3. Enables the child to feel more secure.
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children have a strong sense of security and safety. Playing games with them shows them they are loved and supported. This interaction also fulfils the child’s natural desire for their parents’ attention.
4. Parents become more aware of their child’s individuality.
Our children live in a world that we have created for them, and even though parental guidance is necessary, it is good to be able to see things from their point of view.
Whenever we play with our children, we can enter their world. Playing open minded games in which they set the rules, allows us to experience more of who they really are. In addition, our interest builds their confidence and teaches them to themselves more.
5. Helps increase communication.
It can be difficult for a child to express themselves verbally. Games that encourage self-expression will help them to get their point across. It is also a good way to for a child to show how they feel, when they are unable to explain it.

 

Here are few great board games that you can play with your children:

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Playing games with a child is more important than ever in modern society. Keep them short and sweet, and let your child know how much you love playing with them. One important thing to remember is that it is not the amount of time spent on the games, but the quality of the time and what both the parent and child will take away from the interaction.

The “Operation” Game

As the dark clouds moved across the sky, and the warmth of the sun hit my cheeks. I remember being promised, it was going to be a perfect day. I was lucky the clouds decided it wasn’t time for rain just yet. It was my sisters and I, coming back up the coast from having a picnic at our favorite spot by the trees that shared their shade along the jagged rocks that went on for miles. For my parents, I knew they couldn’t wait to get back fast enough, rain or shine to get a break from us always at each other’s throats. Who could blame them? That day was promised to be a perfect day, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Until we got home.

The heavy dark clouds that were moving swiftly across the sky, decided now was the time for heavy rain. First, it was the rain storm, and then the thunder. Then, the lights. Within 15 minutes of leaving the beach, there was the storm. As my mom was holding me and my two older sisters in the darkness on the living room floor. I remember her saying “I hope we have batteries for those flashlights.” And chuckled softly. We could hear my dad scrambling around to find the flashlights in the utility drawer.

Finally, there was light.

We were not prepared for this to happen, and managed to eat some sandwiches my mom made, as we waited out the storm. My mom had this brilliant idea as we waited patiently in the darkness with a hint of dim lights.

And that was the first time I played Operation. I guess this was supposed to wait for Christmas, but I guess my mom was getting as bored as we were. As my mom was trying to read the instructions, I remember me and my sisters taking turns to jab the unlucky guy on the operating table over and over again, just to see his nose glow read and hear the abrupt sound when you touch the metal along his body. We never really played the game according to the rules. That game was the funniest game to play just to hear that “zapping” sound, and see his nose turn red.

That is one of my most memorable and favorite memories with playing a board game.

Why I love Monopoly

Monopoly is one board game that never makes you bored. The simple reason is that it is a game that teaches you about business strategy that will help you achieve great things in the real world. It quickens your thinking and analyzing abilities and leads you to up your game with each move.

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The basic impression anyone who is new to the game or who watches the game being played gets is that it is a fantastical situation of being a real estate tycoon. One might say that it is about making money and creating a monopoly. While both of these are true, it is important to understand that there is much more to the game than making money or buying real estate. There are ways for you to develop and think out of the box, which differentiates it from other games.

  • You always have options. You can enter into partnerships, give commissions, earn commissions and work your way towards building your empire and gaining control.
  • You do not always have to play alone. You have plenty of chances to socialize with players unlike in a game like chess where you will be a lone player fighting to keep his place.
  • While there are many options to create partnerships with other players, there is always the ongoing competition among players. It is the competition itself which induces you to enter into a business deal with your biggest enemy sometimes so that the rivalry is negated and your positions are made equal in the market.
  • The importance of cash is always highlighted throughout the game. While you may want to invest in big pieces of land you will always need to have cash in your business.
  • It is more or less a real world investment situation and it hones your skills. It teaches you how to think and how to find the easiest and most efficient ways to grow and how to make clever investment decisions.
  • You will learn about your negotiation skills and how to negotiate with others from different backgrounds, possessing different real estate.

A certain part of it may actually depend on the luck of the player but once you start focusing on your investments and how to best utilize them, you would be hooked on Monopoly.

While there is an element of complexity in the game, mainly the decision-making process, there is a level of simplicity as well. Any new user can understand the game easily as long as they are of a business mind and possesses common sense.

By the end of one game a player would know what made him lose and the winner win. This realization is important and is not seen in other board games. The players will know where they went wrong and what they could have done to be more successful. This realization which makes them prepare better for future games and even life decisions is invaluable and most useful from a board game like Monopoly.

The Game of Life

Because the Game of Life has been around for so many years, nearly every adult alive today has played the game. Depending on when you grew up and who you played with, memories may range from fond to traumatic and everything in between. There are two classes of Life players, those that play to win and those that use the game as a sort of crystal ball in which they can determine their future.

 

The game simulates the typical journey through life, starting with college, ending with retirement and touching on everything in between like jobs, marriage and children. The game is for 2 to 6 players. The modern version of the game was first released in 1960.


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Many a sleepover was spent with a group of girls squatting around a Life board fighting over who was married to the cute boy in school and who was married to the weird kid with the body odor and bad teeth. Of course the first girl to get married in the game was supposed to somehow be the first one to get married in real life too. What was intended to be a friendly board game quickly turned into a death match meat market when played by 4 teenage girls.

If you weren’t daydreaming about Mr. Right and how many peg children the two of you would have, you were probably playing with a different goal in mind: world domination. Winning at the game of life somehow ensured your success in the real world. After all, if you could look past the marriage cards, peg kids and awful plastic sedans on your way to college and a new job, you could probably look past any other obstacle that would hold you back from becoming a successful CEO once your voice changed and you moved out of your parents’house.

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If you’re contemplating having a throwback night and breaking out the Game of Life, here’s the key to success: Do everything the way you probably didn’t do it in real life. Forego college, since your starting salary will be based on luck rather than education anyway. Spin the wheel and make your way through the board. Collect your salary a few times and pick up LIFE cards as you go.

After you’ve collected your salary a few times, you’ll have the chance to make some real life decisions, like taking on a mortgage, getting married and having kids. If you’re one of the people that got a low salary initially, fear not. Kids are not out of the question. There are cards in the stack that say things like “exchange salary with another player”. Worryingly enough, the game allows players that accumulate too many kids to exchange said kids for cash. Some might say this too mirrors real life.

At the end of the game you’ll count your cash and determine the winner based on how much money they have. Again, ignore the adage that money can’t buy happiness and all that. In the Game of Life, your net worth basically determines how successful you were at the game.

The real lesson that the game teaches you –if you’re the type that looks for a lesson in everything – is that money can’t buy happiness. While the winner of the game is the person that has the most money, they’re probably not the happiest player. They sold their soul (and probably their kids) to get the cash needed to win. It’s funny how different nostalgic games from your childhood can be when you view them through the eyes of an adult.

Video Games vs Board Games

Although the video game industry is a booming titan in the world of entertainment – worth literally billions of dollars – it owes much of its success to old-fashioned board gaming (even pen and paper tabletop games helped shape the adventure and RPGs of present day)! Surprisingly enough – board game sales are actually on the rise (not to mention quite steadily in recent times) – meaning people are starting to miss actual human connection again!

It may be fun for some to lose themselves in a screen-world full of graphics and pixels – but for those of us that like conversation, stimulation and plain ol’ human interaction – nothing beats a board game. People of all background can gather around a table to socialize. Children can play while learning. Adults can mingle and connect. The last time we checked, the television doesn’t offer anything but pictures in return for its company.

Another huge thing missing from the digital world is the creativity of the user. Although you may be able to play in OTHER people’s worlds – with board games, all you need is some paper, pencils and scissors to begin designing and creating yourself. People have become so complacent with simply being told what, where and when to play that they’ve lost sight of their inner child. A little glue can turn some printer paper into your OWN magical world.

It’s not to say that video gaming is “stupid” or “bad” – it’s a fascinating, amazing technology that not only entertains but employs creatives world-wide. It’s just that the smell of a board on the dining room table, the laughter of your friends and family and good old fashioned fun can NEVER be replaced.

Click on the games below Amazing Race Board Game and NBA Live Video Game. Which one do you prefer?

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The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

Children, parents and kids-at-heart can all enjoy this collectible take on a gaming classic: The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

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The Monorail now runs through the eccentric town of Springfield in a strategic race to dominate the board! Purchase and re-sell your favorite locations from the show in the town of Springfield – such as Moe’s, Barney’s Bowl-a-Rama, the Kwik-E-Mart, and the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!

Enjoy the same thrilling game play of classic Monopoly with an animated twist! Make deals, take risks and aim to dominate the board, all in the familiar town of Springfield! The humor that’s been long associated with the show follows suit in the game – integrating familiar faces and locations with the same basic strategy! With several collectible pewter tokens (including Kang the space alien, Blinky the 3-eyed fish, Bart riding his go-cart, Homer in a Monorail conductor costume, Santa’s Little Helper – the famous family dog and Jebediah Springfield), fans of the show are sure to be excited!

Strive to become the new multi-millionaire in town (so long, Mr. Burns) by accumulating monorail stops and stations on Simpsons-themed properties (such as Krustylu Studios and in-show landmarks). Unique ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards offer up even more sly references and cartoon likenesses of your favorite characters! The cultural references and humor of the show may be jam-packed, but the educational value of playing strategic board games remains constant. Children can have loads of fun while learning – a sneaky trick every parent should have up their sleeve!

This is a must-have for any Simpson’s collector – but casual fans can enjoy a great centerpiece for your next game night or party! Fun, referential and highly enjoyable, The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game is an excellent addition to every game collection (recommended for ages 8 and up)!