I ran across a mention of a board game in a book I’m reading this week, so I though I’d share.

The next afternoon Harriet didn’t get home until five o’clock. She had purposely Stayed away all day, first following her spy route, then playing Monopoly with Janie and Sport. The game had made her irritable because she hated to sit still for that long. Janie and Sport loved it. Janie had all sorts of systems worked out for winning, and Sport was so passionate about money that they were kept continually interested, but Harriet couldn’t keep her mind on it. (pg. 135, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh)

I can understand where Harriet’s coming from . Monopoly can leave me irritated too. It can be such a long game, and I never, ever win. On the other hand, I do think it’s a game that every family should own a copy of .

There are just some classic games that are great for families to have. Some I love, some I don’t. Sorry, Battleship, Life, Scrabble and Trouble are all favorites at our house. They’re easy to find at stores, don’t cost too much, are they’re a lot of fun to play together. All right, Scrabble’s one of my favorites not necessarily anyone else’s, and I don’t like Life but Amber does. We’ve also been playing Mancala, which seems simpler than it is.

I think that a game night, sitting around the table, talking, laughing, playing, is a great way to spend time with kids, friends, family, anyone.