Family game nights! Are they important? Could they help my family? What do they teach? These are just a few of the questions that I am sure are rolling around in your brain right now. Well, I am here to tell you that not only are they very important, but they will help your family.
Now I am sure you are thinking ... sure Tasha that is all fine and dandy, but I need details, how do you know? Ok, ok, ok, that is fair. You do need more than just me saying it is true. So, I will tell you all the facts, because I did all the research for you. Don't worry, you can thank me later :D.
To start with, The Atlantic states that "There has been a lot of recent attention focused on the importance of executive function for successful learning. Many researchers and educators believe that this group of skills, which enable a child to formulate and pursue goals, are more important to learning and educational success than IQ or inherent academic talent." Which is just a bunch of fancy jargon that means learning how to learn and set goals for yourself is more important than a high IQ score. Guess where kids learn these VERY important skills? You got it! They learn them while playing games. So, basically games help your kids with real life skills.
According to Psych Central family game nights do much more than help with these skills that your kids NEED to survive in this world. Family game nights connect family members to each other, teach good sportsmanship, foster family communication, and are the stuff of positive memories. Some of this is common sense, of course playing game helps with good sportsmanship.
But, did you know how important it was to your family bond? Good memories last a lifetime (as I am sure you have heard me say), which can create a bond that will also last a lifetime. No matter how old your kids get, they will look back at those memories and smile, I know this because even as an adult with my own children I still look back at my own family game nights and smile.
Communication? How important can that be? It is probably one of the most important skills that family game nights teach your kids. You have to communicate with team members to win, which can teach good communication skills that will go a long way in the work force and with their future family. However, it is also important (maybe even more important) that your kids learn to communicate with you. When something goes wrong we want to be the first ones that they tell. Family game nights create this kind of a trust within your family. Your kids will open up to you about problems, which will allow you to teach them how to solve them or God forbid, help them fix an even bigger problem that could ruin their entire future.
With these skills alone it is a no wonder that family game nights are becoming a regular in households all around the world. So, my hope is that with this family game night research you have learned just how important it is to make it a part of your families routine.
I do feel however, that I should make it very clear that this research is all based on BOARD GAMES. You will not get the same results with any other kind of game. Keep it screen free and you will all learn those amazing skills and create family memories that last a lifetime.