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Camille Prats And VJ Yambao Play A Game With Their Teenage Sons (Plus 3 Benefits Of Game Nights For Your Family)
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  • “Wala namang anak ang hindi nag-lie sa parents, diba?” said Nathan, the 14-year-old teenager of Camille Prats. The 37-year-old acrtress and mom of four could only admit that she, too, has lied to her own parents growing up, especially about where she was or who she was with. The revelation was light and safe, even in front of the cameras -- thanks to the party game, Never Have I Ever. You can tell the mother and son have a natural banter.

    On this episode of Smart Parenting’s Usap Tayo video series, mom Camille pairs up with her firstborn (with late husband Anthony Linsangan) and dad VJ Yambao pairs up with his own young adult, Ice, 18. What do you think they answered to such statements as, "Never Have I Ever... pretended to agree with my parents just to stop them from nagging?"

    What we discover are some family secrets, a glimpse into the annoyances of their daily lives, and their love and respect towards each other. And we definitely think this is something all parents can try out with their own children -- toddlers and teens alike.

    3 Benefits Of Game Nights With Your Family

    Whether it's a weekly Sunday night tradition to play Monopoly or Pictionary with your family, or a Christmas round of Pinoy Henyo with the clan, games have significant benefits in creating bonds between parents and children. If you're in a multi-generational household, it's even better to get lolo and lola in the mix. Playing games creates a safe space for playfulness, healthy competition, and communication among different members of the family.


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    1. It Builds Tradition

    Family traditions are symbolic practices that highlight values on special and regular occasions, repeated over time. One of the reasons traditions are so important is because they create memories. These positive experiences later provide grown children with a sense of identity and belonging.

    According to Very Well Family, "Family traditions can even contribute to a child's self-esteem and enhance their well-being. After all, children find comfort and security when things are predictable and consistent."

    2. It Creates A Safe Space To Win Or Lose — Or Work Together

    Competition is an inevitable part of life and growing up. Even the most innocent child will compete for your attention from your partner or another sibling -- and it's not bad! It's just a human instinct to pursue our needs. When playing games, family members have an opportunity to share the value of sportsmanship as well as the greater benefits of cooperation.

    When children play with older siblings and adults, they can learn that winning can be achieved if the playing field is evened out by working in a team. In a team or any game, they can also see the value of taking turns and following the rules in order to keep on playing.

    Most importantly, playing games with family gives children -- of all ages -- a safe space to fail without it defining their entire self-worth. That's a lesson to take well into adulthood!

    3. It Improves Communication Skills

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    Playing games together can be a great stress reliever. When done right, it can help everyone break a sweat (if it's a physical game, like going bowling together) or get members of the family off their gadgets. Being all together can give everyone an opportunity to connect, communicate, and spend time.

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    This makes it easy for casual conversations, like if something funny or nice during the week reminded you of another family member. It encourages eye contact, reading the room, and asking questions. Many games, such as Never Have I Ever, is a perfect example of this since it starts with otherwise on-the-fence statements that are easier to answer in the context of fun.

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