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Playing Pool: New Family Game Night?

Playing games with your children is one of the greatest ways to bond with them. You won’t find anyone denying that you should play games with your children at all stages of their lives. Of course, some games have better reputations than others. Many people consider the game of pool to be a poor choice for parents to play with their kids. I would like to propose that this is a misconception, though. The truth is, pool can be a great way to get closer to your kids.

When our children were little, we loved to play games with them, and they loved to play with us, too. It didn’t matter what the game was, they were up for playing it. Sports games, board games, card games, and any other game you could think of was appreciated. As the kids got older, though, their tastes changed. They thought board games were “stupid,” and athletic games were best played with their friends than with their parents. After all, we were starting to slow down a bit. Then, we had a epiphany: we’d take them to play pool! Teenagers love to do things that they consider to be grown-up, and pool was a huge draw.

We’d been playing pool socially for decades, and we’re not ashamed to admit that we’ve earned a few dollars and free drinks in bar bets along the way. That didn’t mean that we had to take our children into smoke-filled bars where alcohol and cigarettes were common occurrences, though. Nowadays, there are plenty of billiards clubs that cater to families. Everyone is welcome, and if the facility serves alcohol, it’s discreet and dignified. Most of the clubs that welcome minors don’t serve it all until later in the evening, anyway. These clubs gave us the perfect opportunity to teach our kids a thing or two about pool, enjoy some quality family time, and even remind the kids that their parents still know what it takes to be cool.

If you’re looking for an experience to share with your teenagers that won’t have them rolling their eyes out of boredom, give billiards a try. I’m not saying that it’s for everyone, and you may have to throw a game or two to keep them motivated at first; but I say that is a small price to pay for some much-needed family togetherness…especially with teens.


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1 Comment

  1. Noel

    April 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I totally agree. With a preteen in the house, unless I throw him the occassional video game or he throws me a game of cards, billiards is one of the few games we will play together … and it is a great time to ‘talk’.