The Importance of Playing Role Playing Games with Your Kids

After listening to several hours of a really intense game of “Capture the Flag” (with my friends) which involved creating “fractals”, “ice prisms”, and drinking tea, I began to think about how much fun role-playing with kids would be.


They already make up stories with each other and play games with dice, so they could pick up on the concepts quite easily if some of the more complicated features were stripped away until they were mature enough to understand them.

Some simple advantages of rp-ing with kids:

1. Learn Math.

2. Problem Solving Skills.

3. Critical Thinking Skills.

4. Teamwork Skills/Cooperation.

5. Attentiveness

6. Storytelling Skills

7. Social Skills

8. Ethics/Responsibility


Some useful links:

A Basic Overview (some links don’t work): Lists 50 games that can be played by and with children. Many articles about role-playing are listed as well.

[Some personal favorites (from the descriptions): Cat; Shadow; Full Light, Full Steam; FATE; The Zantabulous Zorceror of Zo; Questers of the Middle Realms, Redhurst Academy of Magic]

My personal favorite: Preschool RPG for pre-readers:


Floor Games:

Talking to other parents:\

Retelling your adventures:

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The Lizard Guy Project

So much fun! ❤

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Have you ever seen those paper bag puppet projects that you cut out?  Apparently, they like to do those in preschool, because several months ago, my daughter’s drawings started to look like this:

projects 1

Yup, she would take an animal and break them up into pieces in her head, sometimes even drawing a little completed version (like in the little bear at the top right) as “instructions” for what it’s supposed to look like.  I found them pretty fascinating, that she could break it down in her head piece by piece as a “project.”

And then she’d ask me to help cut them out.  Have you ever tried cutting out stickman arms or a pair of dot eyeballs?  Not an easy task.  Thankfully, she was quite forgiving in that.  Once I had the pieces cut out, she’d carefully piece them all back together and glue them down.

projects 2

Sometimes in the gluing…

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A Opinionated Man’s Adoption Story

In trying to learn about all sides of adoption, one eventually comes across the stories of Adult Adoptees. Sometimes these are happy, but many times they are extremely painful. This is one of those stories.

Please take a little while to read these entries, especially if you are interested in adopting. Adoptees’ voices need to be heard.

(Used with permission)

“I found the information about my birth mother and my blood sister in Busan, South Korea, in a pathetic orphanage that I don’t even remember the name of. I have never liked hospitals or orphanages and I now knew why. No one, unless you are also adopted, can understand the pain that is brought when you are faced with the reality that you were not wanted. Add to this the pain that your mother decided one sibling was less trouble than you would be, and what you have is a maelstrom of emotions, regret, and anger. My storm could have killed me, it almost did.”

Also, check out his other posts, especially “Project O”.

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How to write faster

REALLY useful information! Check this one out.

The Thesis Whisperer

In a blog post a while back I suggested being a fast writer can be a career ‘edge’. Afterwards a surprisingly large number of people wrote to me wanting to become faster writers, or questioning whether learning to write faster was possible. I was a bit taken aback by the questions as I assumed there was enough published advice out there already, including on this blog, but maybe I was wrong.

Screen Shot 2013-07-27 at 4.22.19 PMWriting faster is, to a large degree, a practice effect: the more you write, the quicker you will become. However if you keep doing things the same way you will plateau at some point if you don’t start doing things differently.

Significant gains in writing productivity can be gained by a combination of the right kind of practice and the right kind of tools. I’ve written about many of these tools and techniques previously, but I’ve organised all…

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Ferret Freestyle

I love ferrets; The Monk, not so much. 😛 Do you like ferrets? ❤

One & All


“It’s a very unusual thing to see a ferret on the pier.”

“He likes swimming in the evening.”

“Oh, really?”

“Well, I dunno. He’s only done it once in the sink.”


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Prevent Obesity Dot Net!



Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world.

This website is the spearhead of a campaign to fight childhood obesity by improving the food environments for children and their parents. They do this by promoting safe routes to walk or bike to school, access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods, healthy foods in schools, recess and other physical activity periods in schools, and equality for people of all races and socio-economic statuses.

Everyone has the right to good nutrition. Let’s get children and adults active and healthy! ^_^

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These Books Have Been Banned, Really???

This is just ridiculous. I might have to do my own post on banned books someday.

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