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Inviting your children to choose or create games for your family game night gives them a sense of control, something they may not experience in the rest of their lives. "You'd be surprised by how giving this shared game night authority and creative decision-making power to kids ramps up their excitement level and eagerness to participate," says Carleton Kendrick, a family therapist and author of Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's. "Children need to be anchored in regular, dependable, joyful times and they need to feel like they have some input in time spent together."