Nowadays, if you want to spend time with your kids, many dads play video games. It’s fun, even if the kids beat you. Not so long ago, before the days of I-phones, on a rainy or snowy day, dads and kids would play table games. Checkers, chess, cards, spoons, dominoes, maybe even Monopoly. We used to play Scrabble. In good weather, when it wasn’t too hot or cold, we’d get outside and play horseshoes, or a pick-up game of baseball or touch football. Oh, and ping-pong. We used to stand in the garage and play ping-pong til the wee hours. All fun, light-hearted entertainment. I don’t know about you, but some of the best times of my life, both as a kid and as a dad, were spent playing silly games with my dad or my kids.
Two observations: 1 The games weren’t just silly, often they were serious; and 2 There was a lot more going on there than fun, light-hearted entertainment. Continue reading