Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Artful Life: 10 Crafty Tips to Boost a Child's Self-Confidence and Improve Academic Performance: #2

As parents, we strive to help our children grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Times are changing faster than ever, and parents are working harder to make ends meet. With constant introduction to new technology, as individuals and as a family, we have more choices than we've ever had before. So how do we stay focused and ensure we give our children the best upbringing possible? In this series we will share some tips we have found that help children develop a positive self image, and encourage success in the classroom.

#2: Family Movie/Game Night

board(ing) games
image by Chris Blakeley via Flickr

Not just for holidays, or limited to once a month, what about regularly scheduled family-friendly movies and games?  Beyond Disney and Dreamworks, have you ever considered watching classic American films with your kids?  Movies that have inspired generations, like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "Gone with the Wind" and "To Kill a Mockingbird", spark many healthy discussions.  What about those great movies you loved as a kid, like "The Goonies", "Edward Scissorhands" and "Back to the Future"?  They are still really great movies! 

How about revisiting all the classic games you played as a kid: "Monopoly" ,"Clue" ,"Operation" ,"Scrabble" "Chess"? Each one teaches great lessons in math, language, strategy, cooperation and competition! Invite friends and family over to join in the fun! It's amazing the bonds that form when you laugh, discuss and rub in a victory!  We love "Farkle" and also recommend the new series of Lego games, especially "Harry Potter."  Of course, there's nothing wrong with a family "Rock Band" jam session or round of Wii Bowling, either!

What are your favorite family movies and games?

Stay tuned for tip #3 tomorrow!

Did you miss the first tips? Start here


  1. Pictureka is pretty popular in our house but so are the standard chess/checkers/old one wants to play with my husband because he is a sore winner!

  2. HAHA! We have some games that bring out the sore winner around here too (no one wants to ply Disney Scene It with me!)


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