Did you know that 76% of families aren’t satisfied with the amount of quality time they’re spending together? And 61% admit to having a hard time disconnecting from tech devices. What’s a family to do? Host a game night!
According to a recent survey from Hasbro Games, 91% of families who make the time to play games together report that game playing sessions give their family mood a positive boost. Dr. Christine Carter, a happiness expert, sociologist and parent educator based out of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, assisted with the survey and shared some tips on how families can make the most out of family time — whenever we’re able to schedule it!
Here is a video from Hasbro:
I got the opportunity to talk to Christine Carter via Skype and LOVED her! She is so much fun and has great ideas about how to incorporate a family game night into your family routine! I told her about the triplets coming and about how it would be difficult with an almost 9 year age difference between Noah and them. She explained that we should start a tradition when we have Noah now of playing games and then once the babies are old enough to participate we could modify the rules or even play in teams so that Noah stays interested!
She also made a great point that the games should be fun for everyone, including the parents! This is an important one, family game night should be a tradition everyone looks forward to! In my family we have always played board games after Thanksgiving, it’s a long standing tradition. Depending on how many people play we divide into teams and have a lot of fun. I am so excited to pass these traditions down to my own family!
In addition to positively boosting a family’s mood, playing games as a family teaches crucial skills. Of those polled, 70 percent of parents said they hoped their children learn lessons in teamwork when playing games, followed closely by parents who hoped their kids learn sportsmanship or problem solving. Games like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Game of Life, the three most popular games among families polled, provide opportunities for kids to learn these skills and others, such as strategy, communication and compromise. Interestingly, the survey also found that the majority of parents (68 percent) go easy on their kids or let them win while playing games together, even though they also said that they do look to games to help teach important life lessons.
The skills you learn while playing games are often skills not learned via video games or toys that kids play with today. It’s critical that kids learn about strategy and sportsmanship and a family game night can definitely help with these skills!
I received some games to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
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