Teach you kids to play chess. Why? Chess is about strategy and logic. Not only that, it requires a great deal of patience. All of those are wonderful qualities in adults, but they are MAGNIFICENT qualities in children. A child who can play chess is more likely to perform better in the academics.
And if that isn't enough to convince you to get started, here are some more great reason:
#1 Increases IQ
Yep, kids who know how to play chess are smarter. And not just book smarter -- all around smarter! Studies show that just after four months of learning and playing chess, kids can boost their IQs.
#2 Provides an Opportunity to Bond
Many families do not get enough time together due to work, school, and parents allowing smartphones to rule their lives (you should only use your phone for talking on and you really should spend no more than an hour reading blog/news each day. Even if that means you don't read my blog.). Turn learning chess together and playing it during the week an integral part of your routine and you will develop a stronger relationship with your family. Kids want to play with you; they don't really want to watch TV -- they just aren't given any other options. Wow, did you see that? I almost started ranting.
#3 Chess Helps Kids Get Creative
When playing chess, the right hemisphere of the brain works really hard, and that is the side of the brain the rules creativity. By playing chess just once or twice a week, kids can vastly improve their ability to thing outside the box.
#4 Better Problem-Solving Skills
Chess turns kids into brilliant problem solvers. In terms of academics, this translates to kids understanding math. In the real world, this means a kid can figure out how to solve something like build a lego model without help.
#5 Chess Makes Better Readers
Studies show that children who play chess test well above kids who do not play chess. The reasoning isn't completely understood, but researchers think it may have something to do with chess being able to improve a person's comprehension skills.