Family Board Games

Fun Board Games for Families

Board games have been around for a long time now. Designed for group play, they offer the best way to spend family time indoors. It’s important to note that you do not have to always spend a load of money every time you want to spend some time with your family by going out. You can just pull out your favorite board game and get the fun started.

The best thing about board games for families is that you get to spend some personal time indoors together without any interruptions from outsiders. However, the variety of board games in the market can be overwhelming, so it is best to go shopping with some background knowledge. It would be a pity if you bought a board game only to find out no one likes it.

Some Factors to Consider

First and foremost, since the board game is intended for family use, remember to include your family in choosing the most relevant one. Family members can make suggestions, and you can take time to evaluate each option so as to land on the best one.

Board games for families normally have a recommended age. This age limit is used to make sure that all participants are able to understand the basic concepts and hence be able to play. Make sure you remember to check consider the age of your children before buying a board game.

Another important consideration when shopping for the best board games for families is the number of players. Some games are great for two players such as chess while some are suited to more players. Make sure you choose a game with your family’s size in mind.

Geekdad has a great article on the subject “Top 10 Reasons to Play Board Games With Your Kids”.
List of Board Games for Families:

Monopoly

This game involves property trading. Your family will be involved in buying and selling property. This is one of the classic board games for families. It can be played by two to eight players at a time. This version also features a speed die to speed up gameplay for those of the opinion that it takes longer to play with the normal pair of dice.

Pictionary Game

This game ranks among the most popular board games ever. An instant hit for family play, the game involves making quick sketches while other players guess what it is. This game features a new board for faster play. It also comes with clues for both adults and kids so that everyone can take part in the game.

Scrabble

This is another classic hit when it comes to board games for families. It involves a number of players creating words from their awarded tiles. Gameplay involves a certain level of strategy as players are supposed to make every letter count by placing it on the highest scoring parts of the board. Easy and fun to play!

There are a lot of brilliant family games out there, and you don’t just have to look for kid friendly games either. There are plenty of 2 player games that you and a partner can play in the evening or on a rainy day. Check out the Board Games 4 Two website for more ideas and catch up with them on their twitter page.

Worry Beads

Worry beads, also known as Komboloi, are a strange little artefact that you will find for sale across Greece and the Greek islands. They are generally considered to be a form of prayer bead, like the Catholic rosary, but they are distinct from rosaries in that they have no icon of Christ attached. Unlike Persian prayer beads, they tend to be on a shorter chain or string and have fewer beads.

They are traditionally made from amber, bone, horn, shell or something of that sort. Materials of organic origin, like these, are generally preferred as they have a nicer ‘feel’ than stones or glass. However, there are many Komboloi available that are made from precious or semi-precious stones. There are even versions made entirely of silver. I have not tried any of those. Mine are simply made of plastic, and I love them.

But what exactly is the point of them?

Well, rosaries are used to say prayers, in particular to recite a certain prayer over and over again. In the Catholic world having a mini-abacus that would help you keep count of how many times you had repeated the “Hail Mary” without having to think about it was pretty useful, since the repetition of the “Hail Mary” was used as an act of penance doled out by the kind priest after you had admitted to him all the sins you had done that week.

Not having to think about counting would help the prayer by allowing the person to let the repetition of the words of power induce a kind of meditative trance. Is this what worry beads are intended for? I am not sure. I am not sure what people use them for exactly, but I know that I just like to use them. What do I do with them? I just hold them in my hand and work the chain through my fingers, individually pulling each bead from the stack and letting it drop onto the loose part of the chain.

I find doing this helps me think. It gives me something to do whilst I think. I suppose it is not unlike walking – which if you don’t know is extremely good for sequential thought. One step after another, literally does help you string one thought to another in a logical sequence. So, in this case ‘worrying’ as in ‘worry beads’ does not mean worrying as in fearfully contemplating terrible events, but rather just going over things in your mind with the intention of coming to some kind of conclusion, some kind of useful course of action.

I will close by saying that I believe them to be one of the lost treasures of the Peoples of the Sea.

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Nutritional Outcomes Of Children On The Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been used for the past seventy years in children with epilepsy to help control seizures. The diet consists of 70-90% energy from fat with the remaining energy as protein and carbohydrates. This combination of macronutrients induces a state of ketosis, which when maintained reduces or eliminates seizure activity.

The ketogenic diet is used as an alternative to antiepileptic drugs, but the mechanism of how the diet works is not fully understood. The success of this diet is seen by the reduction in seizure activity, but there are also some problems that arise. Since children may need to continue on the diet into adolescence, the ketogenic diet must provide adequate calories and protein for growth and development. Also, patient compliance can be difficult due to the unpalatability of the food.

To evaluate the efficacy of and risks associated with the ketogenic diet, some researchers evaluated the nutritional status and growth of children who followed this diet for a period of six months.

A total of twenty-one patients treated with the ketogenic diet between November 1994 and November 1996 were included in this study. The ketogenic diet consisted of 90% energy from fat and 10% energy from a mix of protein and carbohydrate. The diet provided adequate protein (~1 g/kg) and calories (~75 kcal/kg) for normal growth. In addition, the patients were given a multivitamin, calcium, and folic acid supplement. A registered dietitian monitored all subjects. Weight, height, and laboratory indexes, and ketosis were measured at baseline and then again at six months.

woman and daughter on ketogenic diet

Of the 21 subjects, eleven were boys, and ten were girls. Types of seizures found in the subjects were tonic-clonic (n=8), myoclonic (n=3), Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (n=3), and infantile spasms (n=7). A significant increase in height and weight was observed after six months on keto diet meal plans. There were no significant changes in mean percentile height, weight, and standard weight/ height before the diet and at six months. None of the patients fell below his/her height for age or weight for age percentile after being maintained on the ketogenic diet for six months.

The results clearly showed that optimal nutritional status was maintained in all patients who were following a ketogenic diet for six months. However, longer follow-up periods may be necessary to adequately assess whether linear growth and optimal nutritional status can be maintained. The complexity of the diet and the consequences that may result from not getting the proper nutrients illustrate the need for including a registered dietitian on the team of health care professionals who are monitoring patients on a ketogenic diet.

Sarah C. Couch, Flavia Schwarzman, Joanne Carroll, et al., Growth and Nutritional Outcomes of Children Treated with the Ketogenic Diet, Jam Diet Assoc 99(12): 1573-1575 (December 1999) [Correspondence: Sarah C. Couch, Phi), RD, Dept. of Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences, ML 0394 363B French Bldg. East, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0394], Joan Wokefield [http://ketogenicdietforwomen.com]

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Facts about the Ketogenic Diet: How does it Work?

The ketogenic diet was designed by Dr. Russell Wilder (Mayo Clinic) in 1924. It refers to a diet which is low in carbohydrates, with the aim of achieving a state in one’s metabolism called ketosis. Ketosis is the ideal metabolic state which the cells of the human body burn fat fragments known as ketones, instead of burning glucose for fuel. Those who adhere to this diet are attracted to the fact that the ketosis is beneficial for the body. One of the benefits of the process is that it enables the body to survive in cases where their no food available. The diet has also been said to alleviate conditions such as cancer, autism, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

What makes up a Ketogenic Diet?

What most people do not know is that there are many ketogenic diets to choose from if you are a beginner. One of the most popular ketogenic diets is Atkin’s diet, which involves following high fat, moderate protein and a low carbohydrate diet plan. Some may wonder whether there is any difference between a ketogenic diet and an ordinary low-carb diet. The difference between the two lies in the amount of protein and carbohydrate consumed on a day-to-day basis.

When following a ketogenic diet, you will be expected to put your carb intake as low as 20-60 grams per day. Depending on your gender, height and age, your protein intake will differ, but it should be moderate. The amount of proteins you take will also be influenced by how much exercise or activity you engage in on a daily basis. The idea behind ketogenic diets is to reduce hunger and keep the body at the ketosis state, therefore counting calories is not really important. However, it is important to keep track of your calorie intake so as to keep track of the nutrients you consume daily.

Why Ketogenic Diets?

The main reason why ketogenic diets are recommended for people with conditions such as diabetes and cancer is that high fat intake has no impact on insulin and blood sugar levels. Proteins, on the other hand, have effects on insulin and sugar levels but only if taken in large amounts. High protein intake affects the insulin levels in the blood, which in turn, affects the ability of the body to burn fatty acids. Fatty acids are important as they form the substrate for ketosis.

Who is the Best Candidate for Ketogenic Diets?

Before starting on a ketogenic diet, it is important that you consult with your health physician to give you the go-ahead. For people suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes, this is important because using the diet while taking your regular medication can be risky. Instead, your doctor will give you a lesser dose of medication so as to enable you to proceed with the diet without any side effects.

All in all, using the ketogenic diet is safe, provided that you get professional advice on how to plan your meals the healthy way. You will feel healthier once you start on the diet. Accompany your ketogenic diet with plenty of water to flush out toxins from your body, and you are good to go.

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