Family Game Night – Fun with a Twist of Financial Education

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With the kids are out of school, the transition from classroom-style learning to online-based teaching can be challenging. Distractions and restlessness make focusing on academics difficult. It’s no picnic for most adults either; many of us are adjusting to changes in our work environments and plans for keeping our families healthy in this time of uncertainty. Why not relieve a little stress while keeping the education-at-home vibes going with a good ol’ fashioned game night?

Here are some classic board games that we recommend for family fun that also happen to be great tools to help teach our kids about everyday finances:

Monopoly

You know it, maybe you love it, but it’s almost a certainty that you’ve played it. Monopoly, the granddaddy of all board games, is also is a great way to introduce kids to the basics of investing and preparing for unexpected expenses. Although the game can get quite competitive, it’s a great way to start a conversation of the importance of financial planning and investing in our future selves.

The Game of Life

Likewise, The Game of Life offers several opportunities to start financial conversations with your kids in the guise of simple family fun. The very object of this classic board game is planning for the future, handling real-life events and dealing with the ramifications of the “choices” that come arise, like education & careers, starting a family, and how well you’re prepared for retirement. It’s never too early to start these discussions and develop an understanding of life’s great choices while they’re still kids.

Pay Day

If you ever wished that you’d learned more about basic budgeting and monthly expenses when you were young, you should’ve played more Pay Day. In this game, you must deal with bills and expenses while earning an income. In particular, players encounter unexpected expenses that highlights the need for emergency savings. The player with the most money left at the end is declared the winner. Nobody wants to end with the least money, right?

There’s a good chance these popular games are already in your home; if not, you might be able to snag copy when you run out for supplies or get Amazon to deliver them right to your doorstep. Either way, we firmly believe that a family game night is not only a way to enjoy quality time with your loved ones, but also an opportunity to serve up some educational moments that help build a foundation of your child’s financial future.

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