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BRING BACK CLASSIC BOARD GAMES AND DISCOVER QUALITY FAMILY TIME

Jan 22, 2014

Bring Back Classic Board Games and Discover Quality Family Time

Before the advent of video game systems such as Playstation and Nintendo, and long before Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga entered the scene, there were good old-fashioned board games. Instead of sitting side-by-side in front of the television screen and taking turns playing Toy Story or Super Mario Brothers, once upon a time, kids and parents sat around the kitchen table and competed for property (Monopoly), got jobs and had kids (The Game of Life), figured out who killed Scarlet with a candlestick in the study (Clue), and learned how to apologize sarcastically while booting other members' pawn pieces (Sorry!). 

It's no secret that busy lives lead to a lack of quality time spent together. If your kids are of cell phone age and/or have their own computers, it can be difficult for the family to connect as a whole. 

We're admittedly guilty of checking our email obsessively or getting caught up on the latest episodes of our favorite programs at the end of the day and not thinking twice about the ways that technology has come to rule our lives. But while we all get carried away from time to time with the newest tech toys, it's important not to lose sight of what's most important: family.

Sitting down to dinner together is a fantastic way to take inventory of what everyone's been up to and wonderful for catching up on the day, but oftentimes, the meal is finished in a flash, and everybody is up and away from the table in under thirty minutes. Going to see a movie together as a unified group can also be worthwhile, but there's nothing quite like staying in and doing something radical like playing a board game!  

For a laughter-infused couple of hours, break out one of the classics you used to love as a kid. If your brood isn't familiar with them yet, well, there's no time like the present to introduce them to your favorites. Games--and their accompanying rules--that have stood the test of time are pretty much guaranteed to entertain a whole new generation of people.

Click through the slideshow above and discover eight different fun-filled family nights to be had right in your own living room.

By Stacey Gawronski

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