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.
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.
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!
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:
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.