FAMILY GAME NIGHT: TEEN EDITION
How to Plan Game Night With Teenagers
Game night was once the best strategy for getting the family together for a night of bonding, but it can be hard to interest kids in a game of Monopoly today. Luckily, there are new games out there that can get even the most angst-filled teen to put down their phone.
draws a character, and everyone works together to determine who the other characters are and how you should complete each assignment. Your actions determine if the Resistance succeeds or if the Empire’s tyranny continues. Hold your cards close, though. You never know who might be the spy hiding in your ranks.
MUNCHKIN Players: 3–6 Play Time: 60–120 minutes
BOSS MONSTER Players: 2–4 Play Time: 20 minutes
Inspired by classic dungeon crawlers, your family will take turns entering levels on the game board to fight monsters and collect loot, powering up your characters along the way. The first person to level 10 wins! But watch your back. Other players can swoop in and make your quest more challenging. Your Kneepads of Allure won’t do much good when that level-one Maul Rat is suddenly a level-20 Plutonium Dragon.
Much like Munchkin, Boss Monster recreates the old-school dungeon crawler atmosphere, but with a twist. Rather than taking on the role of a brave adventurer, YOU are the evil dungeon boss. Use cards to build a better, deadlier dungeon than the rest of your family. Combine deadly monsters, trap- filled rooms, and enticing treasure to lure heroes into your dungeon and to their doom. The first one to defeat 10 heroes proves they are the ultimate Boss!
RESISTANCE Players: 5–10 Play Time: 30 minutes
An evil empire controls the world, and your mission is to destroy their bases and liberate the people! Each player
Whatever game you choose, there’s really only one secret to a great game night: Have fun! Oh, and don’t forget the snacks.
WHO PAYS FOR ‘BACK TO SCHOOL?’
School is starting soon, and that means a $25.7 billion industry (according to the National Retail Federation) is about to have an impact on your divorce situation. Back-to-school expenses average over $600 per child nationwide. We’re talking about school supplies, clothes, enrollment fees, tuition (for private schools), sports or club equipment and fees, field trip expenses, and more. And that leaves divorced parents with one question: Who’s going to pay for what?
can work this out together. If you haven’t done so already, and a mutually agreeable result isn’t possible in the near future, then you will have to do the math and decide if the issue is worth going back to court or mediation to resolve. You and your ex-spouse are certainly entitled to buy things for the children that they will utilize at your respective residences (i.e., things that will not get transferred back and forth between residences). You can also elect to simply split the expenses down the middle, if your ex-spouse agrees to do so. That can mean each parent buys certain items, with the understanding that the items will move with the child and the other parent won’t have to purchase those specific things. If you’re in this situation and aren’t sure what you are legally required to contribute, or how you’re legally required to do so, you need to speak with your attorney and get clarity. Back-to-school expenses are not cheap, and it’s in your child’s best interest that they’re taken care of promptly and without rancor.
To answer that question, we first look at court-ordered support and other agreements. Many times, your divorce decree or your parenting agreement gives concrete guidance, but not always. In the absence of that guidance, it’s best if you and your former spouse
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