Unclutter Your Life

The Benefit of Board Games

We live in a world controlled by the signal on our phone and if WIFI is available.  I know it sounds crazy but the truth is what happens when we can’t get a signal on our phone?  Or what happens when the internet goes down?  Is there sheer panic in the house?  Do your kids begin to complain there is nothing to do?  Do you panic trying to figure out how to entertain not only your children but yourself without the internet.13466261_1072249162814235_5737085668642488373_n

When Belinda was younger, we played board games.  I may have dreaded the never ending Junior Monopoly.  Then there was Hungry Hungry Hippos. Rummekube was a hit too.  We also played card games like Skippo and Uno. The truth is it was fun.   13310591_1062006360505182_3337841790709831875_n

Board games (and card games) are great at any age and provide a lot of fun and laughter, but there are also many other benefits that you may not realize.

#1 – Teaches problem-solving

Board games provide a lot of opportunities to practice problem-solving.  Kids are always thinking about their next move and how they can keep you from winning the game.

#2 Encourages teamwork

There are a few games where you have to work together. Hi Ho Cherry O is one of the first ones with a team aspect to the game. Even when the games which don’t call for teams you can pair an older child with a younger to “help” during a game which may be too advanced.5197pt1mh8l-_sl75_

#3 Teaches children to follow directions

Learning to follow directions is a biggie when it comes to board games. Kids need to learn to take the time to understand and follow the rules so there isn’t complete chaos. This also provides some teaching moments when a rule doesn’t work in your favor but you need to follow it anyway.

#4 Sneaks in some learning

Board games are a great way to sneak some learning into your day without your kids complaining. Even the preschool games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders have some basic skills. Learning to count your moves, match up colors and shapes and even practicing math facts can all be accomplished with games.  Did you know that on Chutes and Ladders good choices are often rewarded with a ladder while the naughty children are the ones going down the chutes.12743976_992100247495794_5472616629628768676_n

Some favorite family game recommendations:
Chutes and Ladders

Does your family do game night? What are some of your favorites?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Leadership Skills Needed in Direct Sales Part 2

Good Morning – This is Part 2 about the skills that are important if you are moving into or have moved into Leadership with your company.  Thank you MyDirectSelllingBlog for these tips…

6.  How to manage your time – You need to take control of the time you have and how much of it is spent on any one activity.  Planning your day and setting your priorities is a good way to start.   This is nothing new and can apply to ANY area of your life.  Reconsider those “time sucker activities” like Facebook and Pinterest where we get lost and then realize 2 hours have passed.  Okay, I can’t be the only one that this happens to, right?

7.  How to handle difficult people – You will run across them.  Not every one of your team members is going to love you or is cheerful everyday. It is up to you to keep your cool and take note of the different characters and moods you will be dealing with.   As I don’t always know how to deal with a difficult person,  I would simply suggest you listen and ask questions.  For me, I am not good with confrontation.  I need to get a tougher skin because my feelings get hurt easily.  I really need to remember that not everyone on my team my like me – UGH!  People Pleaser Patty will really hate this skill.

8.  How to support or direct your team – This doesn’t mean holding everyone by the hand or coming to the rescue for each obstacle that comes their way.  Guide your team to where they can find answers.  If you are developing team members to grow into leadership roles, now is the time for them to step up and try out their skill.  Give them the opportunity to help their fellow team members in order to take some of the load off you.

9.  How to manage your business – If you are in direct sales, not only are you a Leader but you are also a consultant that has a business.  You need to work YOUR business like a business so that you can be an example to your team.  Work your business like a hobby and it won’t be long before you are no longer a leader.

10.  How to solve problems – Finding solutions to problems can take time.  Apply what you’ve learned from past experiences to help you work through work through similar situations.  As a Thirty One consultant, we have AMAZING resources and I LOVE that when all else fails, I can call Home Office for guidance.

Although you might think you are good at all of these skills, it wouldn’t hurt to ask those in your team how you are doing.  I LOVE the idea of checking in with my team for for feedback on how I am doing.  I see a Survey Monkey in the works…  I THINK I know what areas I need to work on but it would be nice to hear what other’s perceptions are of me as a Leader.  What are YOUR best tips in one or all of these skill areas?  Share them with us, please.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!