Parenting in the game

What would you like to know? Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been parenting in the game professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published.

But the truth of the matter is this: When those angsty kids reach adulthood, family nights are the times they’ll look back on and remember fondly. So how do you get your kids to not only take part in family nights, but actually look forward to them? The right activities, however, can encourage your family to interact with one another more — instead of just with that screen. Beyond movie night Yes, as we mentioned, it’s easy to cue up a movie and chill out.

It’ll be a huge hit with the kids. Board games are another obvious choice, but is there really a substitute for good-natured family competition? Whether you have old board games from your own childhood on hand or have invested in the latest celeb-backed creations, clear off that table, serve snacks and battle your kids for the ultimate championship. Just don’t get overeager and try to lure them into a four-hour chess tournament, OK? Make your own board game Instead of playing a game you’ve played a hundred times before, grab some poster board, markers and little objects you can use as game pieces — and create your own family board game.