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The Secret Superpower of Family Game Night

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Besides the obvious family bonding experience and the noteworthy combat for fighting off boredom during those long summer days and nights, board games have a notable underlying superpower.  Did you know that playing board games contributes to the development of literally all of the Executive Functioning Skills your child needs throughout their lifetime? Yes, it’s true.  You can develop and strengthen these skills in your children by encouraging them and joining them in playing board games on a regular basis. 

The eight key executive functions are: impulse control, emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, time management, and organization. For a more detailed description of these skills, click on the links below.

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/executive-function/

https://www.understood.org/en/articles/what-is-executive-function 

Think back to a memory from childhood of playing Monopoly, Life, Connect Four, or any board or card game.  You did not realize it then, but you were developing and strengthening your executive functioning skills. It’s no wonder that chess is a mandatory course in some countries and offered as a core curriculum choice in others.  

So, now is the time to open up that game closet and cozy up with the family for a brain-developing game of choice!


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