## Dice - the Ultimate Educational, Portable Entertainment for Kids!

Written by Lindsay Small

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Run for it! You will need six dice for this game. Roll dice and look for runs (sequences) starting with 1 (so 1, 1-2, 1-2-3 and so on). Each die that is part of a run scores five points. There can be more than one run in each roll. For example, say you rolled following combination: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 5. You would score 5 points for first 1. You would then score 15 points for sequence of 1, 2 and 3, for a total of 20 points for that roll. The first player to reach 100 points is winner.

Going to Boston Use three dice. Roll all three and keep highest. Roll remaining dice and again set aside highest. Roll last die, and add up your total. Write down your score. Play a number of rounds and then either total your points to find winner, or simply count how many rounds were won by each player.

Lindsay Small is the author of Dice Games for Little Kids and Dice Games for Big Kids, available at http://www.ActivityVillage.co.uk/dice_games.htm. She is also the creator and editor of Activity Village - providing the ultimate one-stop resource for parents and teachers looking to educate and entertain their kids. Visit the website at http://www.ActivityVillage.co.uk

## Behavioral Strategy: Avoid the Grey Areas and Deal Only with Black & White

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

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It's not always easy to talk to your kids—but it's always important. Consider this: if we don't talk with them -- and answer their questions -- they'll get their facts from someone else. And we'll have missed an important parenting opportunity.

When responding to questions posed by your child, whether it’s a question about tough issues or a question about attending a sleep over or eating a cookie before dinner, clarity is name of game. If a child asks a question, very least we can do is answer it, and answer it precisely. The amount of uncertainty produced by "maybe" is very often catalyst for conflict.

Here are some essentials to assist you in becoming more accomplished in talking to your child:

- Always respond to your child - Strive to understand your own feelings regarding their request or question - Reply with a definite yes or no - Clarify your reasoning - Offer them methods and/or means to achieve their request - Be conscious of their reaction(s), anxiety usually precedes outburst

Remember: We all, young and not so young alike, find relief in knowing where we stand.

Dr. Charles Sophy currently serves as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He also has a private psychiatry practice in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Sophy is the author of the “Keep ‘Em Off My Couch” blog and provides real simple answers for solving life’s biggest problems. To contact Dr. Sophy, visit his blog at http://drsophy.com.

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