I have a friend who owns a vacation home near Lake Tahoe and, being pretty much the most generous person in the world, he lets us stay there when he’s not using it. We took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend and went up for a quick break. We weren’t expecting great weather so we planned on just hanging out, enjoying the views, and relaxing quietly. We drove up on Saturday and after unloading the car and putting groceries away, the kids started in on a game of Monopoly. That kept them busy for a while — long enough for me to learn that my laptop’s hard drive had died. It also kept them away from their tablets long enough that they didn’t think to ask for the WiFi password until bedtime. With a promise that they would get the password in the morning, they quickly turned in for the night.
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Chess is a great game that offers intellectual challenge to kids and adults alike. Studies have shown that kids who play chess experience a significant increase in cognitive development as well as improved test scores. On top of that, it’s just plain fun. I decided, recently, that my kids — at least the older two — needed to learn to play. But, of course, I can never do things the normal way. I had to have a chess set that was unique and would capture their imagination.
Just because your teens aren’t hanging out at the mall, don’t presume they can’t run up your credit card bill. In fact, it may very well be that they are part of the population of online virtual worlds racking up a whopping — dare I say mind-blowing? — 7 billion dollars in sales of virtual goods in 2010 alone. Yes, you read that right — in the midst of a huge economic crisis, people have spent 7 billion (with a “B”) dollars on stuff that isn’t even real.