Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bingo – a great antidote to a busy day

Life with young children is pretty full on. And when you’ve spent the day doing everything a mom does in a day – probably including going to work somewhere along the way – it can be really great if you can find a way to distress and unwind in the evening when the kids are in bed.

Of course, there’s always the option of putting on your favourite film or just watching some reality TV, but this can be a little tedious night in night out. And it’s not easy when you have young kids to go out in the evening. Even if you had the energy to go out often, you’d need someone to cover looking after the kids or to pay a sitter. While you might want to do this once a week or so, so that you can go to a yoga class or another activity, it’s not something that you’d want to do much more frequently.

In the pre-internet days – which, although it hardly seems credible now, weren’t actually too long ago – entertainment at home options were limited. Now though, there is so much entertainment available online that it can be difficult to know where to start. One pastime that more and more people are turning to is gaming online. There are all kinds of games available to play, of course, and it really depends on you what kind of games will appeal. But one that is really popular with a large percentage of moms is online bingo.

When people first think about bingo, they might have the old-fashioned fundraiser game in mind, and you may be thinking that that is the last way you’d like to spend some downtime. But actually, with its transition online, although bingo has retained the same essential basis to the game, it’s actually quite a different experience.

Basically, when you play bingo, you buy a card (or cards) for a particular game and then when the game starts, you listen to the numbers being called out and hope that they will correspond with the numbers you have on your card(s). There’s nothing complicated about it; it’s a simple question of luck as to whether all your numbers will be crossed off before anyone else’s during the game. This is part of the attraction of online bingo – it’s simple and it’s a game of chance, so no brainpower is required and the game is therefore enjoyable and easy to play.

But the real appeal of playing this above other online games is the the social aspect of bingo.   Sure, your kids may be tucked up in bed at 7.30pm so you have lots of long evenings with time to spare at home, but at the bingo chat rooms you’ll always find plenty of other people in a similar position – who are keen to chat and share your company. Bingo chat rooms are really lively places, full of camaraderie and banter.

Online bingo can be a great way to spend some ‘me time’ winding down at the end of the day – you get entertainment and people to talk to all rolled into one – what more could you want?

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