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Gather the Family for Game Night

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

After the long Thanksgiving weekend with family around, I must admit I am a fan of playing games together. What better way to spend time together than gathering around the table for game night (or day)? Now of course we had the obligatory football game watching and there was plenty of time for eating and snacking, but every evening we all came together for games. I don’t really think it matters what game you play, it is the family time that is so special.

From the time the boys were little we were a game family. I grew up playing games with my parents and brother. We always loved card games. My dad taught our boys to play chess when they were little, and one of their biggest accomplishments was finally being able to beat Opah. Whenever they bring out the chessboard I can see my dad’s face beaming down on them, making sure they rethink a move before they pick up their rook.

Children are like sponges when they are little and love learning new games, and they enjoy the friendly competition involved in games. From early on they like learning the matching and memory games and putting puzzles together. Then children move on to board games with Chutes and Ladders and Candyland. I wonder how many of those games have been sold?

Next comes Monopoly lasting for hours and learning about money and real estate, and Risk and Battleship, the list is endless. Card games are a great way for kids to have fun while learning too. Go Fish, Hearts, Spades, and Gin Rummy, and now the kids love playing poker (for pennies at our house).

I think this would be a great time of year to forgo video and battery operated games, and buy the old favorites. The biggest challenge with board games is keeping up with the pieces, which is easier than finding batteries that work! Go play a game with the kids.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat again tomorrow!

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