Ever since I was a little girl, games have been an important part of family bonding. It started when I was very young. My father taught us how to play poker and other card games. He used it as a way of teaching us about money, counting and our colors and shapes. As we got older, we switched to board games – the kind that required strategy and thinking outside the box. Our family is full of competitive people, so it was not unheard of to have someone (often my mother) overturn a table or throw game pieces across a room when they lost. Looking back now, it is so funny to remember the mock anger and indignation each of us felt at the end of a losing game.
Now that I’m a mother myself, I see how technology has changed family game night. With our XBox One, games have become easier and more fun and colorful than ever. It’s so easy to start a game on a whim, play as long as we want and be able to save it for later. Clean up is a breeze, and we don’t have to worry about kids eating game pieces!
Our current favorite is The Hasbro Game Channel. A new initiative from Ubisoft, the channel features such classics as MONOPOLY, Risk and Trivial Pursuit. We tried out MONOPOLY Plus with the kids, and it was SO much fun! MONOPOLY Plus brings the world’s favorite family gaming brand to a new level with the original 2D MONOPOLY board as well as a colorful and lively animated 3D version that evolves as you progress in the game. MONOPOLY Plus lets players choose their favorite ‘House Rules’ to customize gameplay.
Dexter is starting to understand how the game works, and he makes decisions based on logic rather than randomly mashing buttons. Daniel is still a bit young to understand how it works, but he LOVES to watch and see the adorable animations between scenes. Of course, every once in a while, Dex still needs a little help. He will insist that his dad or I help him.
For some reason, both older boys absolutely LOVE going to jail. I guess they don’t quite understand that it’s not really the way to win. But then again, that’s one of the best things about playing with them – they don’t have a single bit of competitiveness in them yet. They just enjoy playing. They love the family time, and they are always asking to play. I personally love how easy it is to pause or save the game for later without worrying about one of the kids messing with the board or losing part of the game. Technology is great!
I also love the bonding time it allows us. How many games do we play that allow us to cuddle our kids as we play?
We’re forming important memories with our kids, and I can’t wait to hear their stories later in life about how much fun they had playing on the XBox One with mom and dad.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.