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emulate her grade-school teachers. “They wanted us to re-create some- thing that they’d created: put the eyes here, cut the beard out exactly this way, following along the dotted lines — that sort of thing,” she says. “That’s not what I consider art.”

Life Is a Game Van’t Hul says group art games can be great winter-break activities, especially when friends and relatives are visiting. A simple example is Combination Man, in which players around a circle collaborate on a drawing, taking turns adding one body part to a figure. Also, don’t feel constrained by

the rules. Glenn is a big fan of game hacking, in which you create new rules for old games, sometimes with hilarious results. He says the invita- tion to your kids can be as simple as this: “This game is one we’re not

playing anymore. We’ve lost some of the pieces, and we don’t really like it anymore. Let’s try to find a way to make it more fun.”

Screens Aren’t (Necessarily) the Enemy

Over long school breaks, many parents despair of the time their kids spend watching TV, playing video- games or texting. While you could try to make your home a technology- free zone, you can also help your kids find productive ways to use electronic gadgets. For example, Glenn’s sons enjoy

making mashups of songs, some- thing they started doing early on. “When they were younger and wanted to listen to hip-hop, I would say, ‘OK, as long as you delete the swears,’” he explains. He and his sons also enjoy the social-media app Foursquare, which

rewards users for checking in at busi- nesses and cultural attractions. For example, if he and one son are killing time during the other son’s guitar lesson, they’ll explore the neighbor- hood, checking in on Foursquare to rack up points and compete with their friends. (Just check the age requirements before you sign up or let your kids use your account.)

Fun Is a Team Sport Finally, make time to do activities with your kids. While they occasionally need their own space, they also crave interaction with you. “Up to the age of 8 or so, there’s a million books and websites and magazines and TV shows about things that parents and kids can do together,” Glenn says. “As soon as your kid is in fourth or fifth grade, that’s the end of it. This sort of discon- nect starts to grow. There’s no reason for that to happen.” ¿

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