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Beat the Boredom with Board Games
For the week of 2011-01-07
One way to fight the winter blues is by playing board games as a family. One Naperville resident, Karen Brothers, uses this technology free way to bond with her family.

The Brothers family uses their game nights as a way to escape the rush of daily life. Staying home and playing a game is a simple way to enjoy some family time.

"This is so much even better than going out and spending money because it definitely saves money for the family...now to go out to a movie or to dinner, it's so expensive for all of us. Even to go get fast food it's really an expensive thing," said Brothers.

Jerry Gems, a Professor at North Central College, said, "It's a time for family to come together, especially in our lives which are so fragmented in many different ways now."

A recent survey on families and board games by Information Solutions Group reports that 92% of adults believe playing board games helps them bond with their children.

Dean Reschke, a Clinical Director of a Family Counseling Agency, said, "I have a bias toward games that involve directly interacting with people...I think there is some value that you don't get from all the video games that you play."

According to Reschke, playing games with the family is multigenerational and timeless. Playing games is what keeps the family bond strong.

Karen's daughter Courtney said, "We don't get to see each other a lot through the week...it's crazy during the week, so it's nice to just spend time with them."

"Family cohesion is one of the most important and enduring things that family members can provide for themselves and each other. Games are a wonderful opportunity for families to do that," said Reschke.

The Information Solutions Group survey also reports that most parents play cooperatively with their kids, and half of those surveyed felt their kid's language, vocabulary, or history skills were improved by the games.

Karen's daughter Kaylyn said, "It's fun because you have quality time and you aren't focusing on anything else."

NCTV17's Halie Wenhold Reports.

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