What I learned from Dad....There is so much I learned from my father, you never realize it until your older and able to get over the disappointments (if there are any) and look back and review your life. One thing that I learned from my dad was strategy and logical thinking. One of the ways he taught me this was by playing games. Many games. Board games, chess, cards...you name it my father played games with me. Some of my fondest memories of spending time with my dad was playing all the games we played. Which was great, because I loved games and still do. As a matter of fact, I have brought this great way of spending time with someone into my daughters life. This is one of my favorite things to do with her. As soon as she was old enough to play games, we started, memory games, cards games, boards games - any game we could play, we play. This has helped her learn so many things. Strategy and logical thinking are just two of the important things she has learned - even before she was 5! It has helped her develop concentration, numbers, letters, the abcs, colors and numerous other things. One thing I realized as we play, is that she doesn't like to lose, (I guess, who does) but, playing these games has really helped me work with her to sort out the angry, bad feelings she gets when she loses. One way we do this is by showing her that everyone does lose and no one, can win all the time. How to say "Good game" and shake your opponents hand, to keep trying to see if you can win next time, that playing by the rules is the best sportsmanship, even if you want to win, you will not learn anything if you don't play by the rules. What we learned: positive attitude, patience, having fun while learning, increasing vocabulary, being a good winner and loser, clean-up is important, good sportsmanship, logical thinking and strategy that will help her throughout her entire life. What we share: memorable family time, quality time, learning, laughing, challenges and whole lot of fun!
Now go to your closet and dust of that favorite board game and spend some awesome quality time with your child.
Good luck, may the best mom or child win! Dyan