The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Teaching Games Edition

My oldest son is on a board gaming kick as of late. Most days, when he gets home from school, he requests that we play a board game.

He’s able to pick up the rules of many of the games in our family’s collection, more than I would have guessed a few months ago. We’ve enjoyed games like Lords of Waterdeep and Magic: the Gathering together.

Most days, I don’t even suggest playing a game. He just goes upstairs, finds a couple of games, and brings them out to play (or he’ll pick one he already knows). If there’s a choice, I choose the one that I think he’ll have the easiest time learning. We set it up and talk about his day while playing.

His sister is two years younger. There are some games she can play, but there are other ones where you can just tell the complexity is over her head at this point. Usually, we ask if she wants to play and if she does, we choose something that works well for her, too, like Blokus.

It’s a great way to spend some time together after school. It provides a ton of opportunity for conversation, distracts them just enough that they’ll open up about things they might not otherwise talk about, and it’s also simply fun to play games.

Overwork and the Illusion of a High-Paying Job If you’re devoting all of your time and energy to your high-paying job, not only have you sacrificed the option to enjoy other aspects of life, that job is probably sapping your money away due to clothes, meals eaten out, travel, gas, and so on. (@ get rich slowly)

The Cure for Your Distraction Syndrome For me, the best cures for distraction are to eliminate paths to distraction (by turning off my phone, etc.) and to spend some time completely disconnected from the internet. (@ zen habits)

Creating a Pre-Travel Checklist This is insanely useful for us in terms of making sure we have everything we need. Having everything we need prevents us from wasting time and money having to make an emergency stop to buy something that’s just sitting at home. (@ unclutterer)

Why It’s So Tough to Save Money When You’re Poor This article makes some good points, but I think there’s also a “scarcity” element involved. If you have money in your pocket right now (and having money is a relatively rare thing), paying extra bills won’t bring you a quick respite from the stresses of your life. Having a little fun sure does. If you don’t believe that the stresses of not having much money will ever go away, that short-term respite looks really appealing. (@ money ning)

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