I have a love/hate relationship with games. I've always loved playing games (well, the ones I'm able to win), and I love it when my children play games. Even games that are just for fun teach so many lessons: good sportsmanship, taking turns, counting, strategy, and how to stack the deck to make the game of Candy Land finally end. What I don't love is that they often have so many different little parts to them. Parts that are evidently very difficult to put back into the box and put away. At least that is my assumption since so often I walk into a room only to discover half empty game boxes with their contents strewn about the floor. I then commit the grave parenting error of making threats that my children are well-aware that I have no intention of carrying out. You know the type: "If you people can't keep the games organized and all the pieces put away I'm going to throw them all away since we won't be able to play them because they are all missing pieces!" (I have a tendency toward run-on sentences when I've worked up a steam.) I know I shouldn't, but sometimes I just can't help myself. And really, I don't want to throw away the games. I want to have my children play them. I just want them to put them away when they are done.
This is one of those areas of parenting that I just can't quite get a hold of. I need suggestions! How do all of you keep your games organized and kept together? Or do you? I need help or my head may perhaps explode and then I'll have to clean that up, too.