With the cooler months settling in, spending cozy nights at home is your best bet to escape the dreary weather outside. Gathering around the fireplace with your friends and family enjoying game nights might just be what the doctor ordered for well spent chilled out weekends. Your only worry will be deciding on a game that all your guests will happily partake in.
Some people are into crime-solving games. Others prefer charades, while the “intellectual” bunch will always think that a word game is the no-brainer choice, since it is both fun and educational, duh!! For these folks, Scrabble is the ultimate word game. The game has been around for ages, since it was first released by toys, giant Mattel in 1948, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that each one of these die-hard Scrabble fans have their own board that has been passed down from one family generation to the next. It is indeed a fun way of reconnecting and bonding with the whole family. Below are a few ways to show how that is possible.
We all have that sneaky friend or uncle who just can’t help seeking some sort of “aid” no matter what game they are playing. They just can’t help it! In their defense, paying is much more fun when you are winning! This cunning bunch sure has Unscramblex right at the top of their browser history for an extra helping hand when needed. But, on the other end of the spectrum, you have your dad who never misses a beat! He is the cheater police; he knows your uncle’s every trick that he can just spot it from miles away! The laughs you share while these two are going at it creates this sort of intimacy and familiarity with the people you are related to. Next holiday season you will all reminisce and laugh about how it all went down at one of your family scrabble tournaments. These are the moments that will prove to be valuable as time goes by.
Playing Scrabble with your kids and teaching them new words and meanings is such a fun way to spend valuable time together as a family. Later on in class, your 8 year old will be one step ahead with vocabulary lessons telling classmates how mom and dad taught her/him this new word and how to use it. Not only will your kids enjoy the teacher’s admiring remarks, she/he will be proud that you as parents were part of this classroom triumphant moment. As for parents, they will be glad that they can still be a part of their kids’ education, in spite of their 9 to 5 jobs that always leaves them feeling guilty for not spending enough quality time with their children.
Learning Life Lessons
Even though Scrabble is essentially a word game, winning in it highly depends on strategic thinking. Knowing when to use which tile you have on hand is not an easy task. By studying your older sister’s moves, you will learn how she always scores big during family game night. You will notice how she doesn’t just throw long words, but rather, she goes for words that consist of highest score letters like the “Z” and the “X” on “triple word score” tiles while averting the risk of being cut off by someone else! Genius, right? Thanks to your sister, this will be just one stepping stone in your understanding of how patience can be the key to winning big later on in life. You will be forever grateful for your sister for teaching you this life lesson that will prove invaluable throughout your adult life.
Getting You Through Tough Times
Sometimes our minds get so consumed going through some tough times. Spending time with your family gathered around a round of Scrabble and a bowl of chips might just be the breather you needed to clear your mind and find a way out of your predicament. Winning over your whole family in a tough game of Scrabble will leave you feeling confident and prepared to face real life’s setbacks more acceptingly. Winning, even if at a game over your loved ones, will make you believe in your ability to win in general, and that is the first step to succeeding in life.
Family ties can get weaker with time if we do not take a conscious decision to reconnect with our loved ones and decide to put the time needed to strengthen the bonds that tie us all together. Spending fun times together chatting, laughing and playing games like Scrabble is good for our souls and for this sense of belonging we all crave as human beings.
Writer Allan Brown