Games are a way for your kids to self-regulate themselves and independently come to learn the value of rules and the consequences when rules are broken. For example, in a playground game everyone waits for a turn. But if the taking-turns rule is broken, someone might not get a turn. Kids can quickly determine what is fair and what isn’t, and rather than be told by a parent or a teacher which rules to follow, they figure it out on their own.
With game playing, your kids have the opportunity to sharpen their skills. Depending on the type of game, they can learn strategy, logic, reasoning, and social skills. Whether they’re plotting their next move in checkers, managing their money in Monopoly, or taking turns in Old Maid, games are a great way to learn.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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