Games teach us how to play

There have been times, I’m sad to say, when I’ve gazed upon my family all gathered together in the living room, only to realize that everyone is starting at their own screen. They’re listening to TV and interacting, what…psychically? That’s when I break out a board game. After only a few minutes, everyone is having a great time and — ready? — aware of each other’s existence. As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”

Ellie Gibson of The Guardian has noticed something similar, as well as the general hustle and bustle of modern life:

“After a hectic day of work and childcare, I don’t have enough brainpower to come up with funny names for all 78 Playmobil pirates. I can barely muster the creative energy to construct a cheese sandwich, let alone a Lego dinosaur palace complete with conservatory and helipad…This is where board games can help.”

As a mom to a young child, Ellie appreciates that games provide a structure to play. When she’s exhausted at the end of the day, a board game provides a framework to her play sessions with her son. They spend quality time together, and she doesn’t have to invent elaborate back stories for those pirates.

Play because it’s fun, play because it gives you a break as a new parent, play because it pulls people out of the virtual world and into the real one. Just play.

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