Family Game Night

Many parents say they don't spend enough time with their children. When they're younger, it's easy to stay busy with work, household chores and taxiing them around to their various activities.

By the time they're teenagers, it's hard to engage them when they're actually home.

Of all the activities parents can do with their children, playing board games is one of the best ways to achieve "quality time."

It's low-cost entertainment; much less expensive than the movie theater and an open door into family conversation.

So pull down the Monopoly board that's gathering dust in the hall closet and mix it up a little. Skip the traditional dinner and make a variety of snacks to enjoy while playing. Include things like baby carrots, apples and grapes to keep it healthy.

While not everyone can clear one night a week, try to work in a family game night as often as possible. Chances are, everyone will have so much fun laughing and talking that they'll be more than happy to come back for more.

Is your teen too busy for game night? Let them invite a friend to join in. There's a lot to be said for being the "cool house."

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. -Polish Proverb

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