While it's important for us to exegete today's young person, it's also important to recognize what we've done to them. Have we done too much? In our effort to keep them happy and entertained, have we sabotaged their ability to persevere, bounce back, learn soft skills and find internal motivation?
You wouldn't ordinarily think of an airport as a venue for an art exhibition, and if you did, that exhibition probably wouldn't be all about antique board games. But that's exactly what's so amazing about the latest show at SFO Museum in San Francisco.
Okay, so now there's a cat instead of an iron. This isn't the first time they've changed the game pieces, though doing so flies in the face of the benefits of a monopoly. On Monopoly. One of the foundation board games of human experience. Seems desperate to me.
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No matter what holiday you're celebrating, there comes a time when the family gathering runs out of steam. While you may be tempted to head out to a movie or -- if you're me -- continue to graze until there's no food left in the house, there's an alternative: Play!
As the long hours slipped by, something hopeful started to happen -- the urge for community began to overtake the feelings of despair. Neighbors in our apartment building propped open their doors and met in the pitch-black hallway. The kids entertained themselves.
How awful, as we enter the great family fun season of sugar cookies, Charlie Brown and battered, beloved board games, to find ourselves suddenly flashing our hands in front of the kids' tender eyes to block them from the latest in the sordid franchise: Real Housewives of Military Bases.
Remember what it feels like to hold an actual book in your hand? Whether you're into fiction, biographies or The Hunger Games, the library has always been a place to sit in quiet and lose yourself in someone else's world for a while.
International Games Day @ your library is an annual initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.
After one "I'm bored" too many, I marched over to the bookshelves -- sagging under the weight of stimulating toys and activities -- and pulled out that old standby "Monopoly," jammed in and forgotten between "Life" and "Stratego."
We used to be a game-playing family. We played cards: pitch, poker, gin-rummy and bridge. We battled over Pictionary or Trivial Pursuit. Now, the house is silent except for the incessant clicking of keys. Instead of living, they are playing Words With Friends. All of them, all the time.