Board Games to Bring a Family Together

By: James Bennett

You have to work on relationships if they are to be successful, particularly those with family members who can often be so caught up in their own busy lives that, even though they may live in the same house, hardly see each other and seldom talk. There are various ways to get the family to spend time together that don't involve a lot of effort, having breakfast or dinner together around the dining or kitchen table for example, or arranging a Sunday outing to the park or beach - activities that don't take much effort but can give quality time that everyone can enjoy.

Technology doesn't help either as each person gets caught up with texting their friends, playing games with online partners on their iPad, or emailing and facebooking via the internet. If all this sounds familiar then it might be time to consider initiating effective ways to strengthen bonds with your kids, include all members of the family, and start spending some valuable and fun times together.

One really exciting and effective way to get people laughing and spending time with each other is to invest in a few well-known board games. An important element to remember when out shopping for games is to try and buy ones that everyone will want to participate in and get pleasure from, just because you like to play Monopoly doesn't mean that the rest of the family will, so try to keep this in mind and get a diverse range of games that will suit the youngsters, the troublesome teens, and the parents!

The old traditional games are always a good start when out shopping for a chess set or similar as they are as familiar as a cosy armchair, and most people will either already have played them or at least know the rules so you can all get down to playing as soon as you get home. Scrabble and Monopoly are old favourites and can last for hours, or Snakes & Ladders is quick and great fun for younger children - set it up on the dining room table or living room floor and the hours will fly by - and it's guaranteed to have everyone shouting for more when the game comes to an end!

Board games aren't too expensive which is why they are still popular, unlike computer games that can be pricey for families on a low income, computer games also generally only involve the 1 person, the player, thus defeating the objective of bringing the family together. An Isle of Lewis chess set purchased with the whole family in mind is affordable and a fun feature when displayed in the home.

You might want to buy a selection of games that cater to a group so the whole family can play if they wish, like Pictionary, or games where only 2 people are playing against each other, like Draughts. Games like backgammon are effective ways to teach math to your children, for younger kids it encourages them to count as they have to throw the dice and move that number of squares, whereas the older kids, and even the adults, will improve their knowledge of statistics and odds.

And then there's always the social aspect when playing games for everyone involved, kids learn to take turns and lose graciously without getting into a bad mood, and it's well-known that any kind of games are particularly good at helping to build a child's self-confidence and self-worth. A Lord of the Rings chess set is exciting to look at for anyone, particularly children and will motivate them to learn the game a lot more than a simple wooden set.

Then there is also the therapeutic value of playing, a game that lasts for an hour and involves the kids sitting quietly for that long, with the added bonus that they're using their brains, can only be a bonus for stressed parents, and if you play yourself then it helps to relax and switch off from mundane daily chores and worrying about other family issues.

Buy chess and backgammon sets UK online where prices are low and sets are good value.

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James Bennett founded in 2011 after a fascination with the lord of the rings chess. He chooses chess set products like the glass chess set, and Isle of Lewis chess set, and backgammon sets UK.

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