Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.
Do you game with kids? Yours or other people's? What do you play with them?
I don't anymore. My youngest just turned 19, so I'm not allowed to call her a 'kid' anymore. But I played with them when they were younger. Mostly boardgames- they liked Carcassone, Once Upon a Time, Storydice, and my youngest liked Hive and Hey, That's my Fish.
But other than that, just the staples- Risk, Monopoly, Life, and a lot of other Parker Brothers games, and card and dice games (they loved Spoons, Farkle, and Golf).
I've rarely played with other people's kids- only when my kids had their friends over and actually wanted to hang around the adults.
When I was working as a PCA (now a year and half ago) I was gaming, but mostly board and card games with the client I had, a Downs' Syndrome early teen. He was a great fan of Fluxx and its variants. His year younger sister also would play, and sometimes a friend of hers, and they also enjoyed Settlers of Catan, and a few other games.
My wife and I have no kids of our own (a choice based on our hereditary risks, finances and temperament).
From when they were 2, I tried to find boardgames I could play with them. Though even the 2+ boardgames from Haba are a challenge with an actual 2 year old. Once they get older, board games become easier, and my oldest, now 11, loves Terraforming Mars and Steam Over Holland (and 18xx game).
When my oldest was younger, I also ran RPGs a couple of times on his birthday. Three times, I think: once using Hero Kids, once d6 Star Wars, and once D&D translated to Dutch. The father of a friend wants to run a fantasy campaign in Chaosium's system.
I have a nephew who just recently turned 6. He lives far away, so I don't get to see him that often. I found that when he was younger, he seemed to have a bit of difficulty handling losing. This past Xmas, I bought him a co-operative game, My First Castle Panic. That way we can play together on the same team.
When he was younger, he just makes up rules as he goes along. He seems to be at an age now where he is more likely to be able to follow the rules of the game. When we last played, we did follow the rules for the most part.
My kids, other people's kids, friends kids, strangers kids. I game with kids quite often. I've got I think 5 different articles written about gaming with kids. What to do and what not to do, how to get kids hooked on gaming, etc. As well as a ton of board game recommendations for playing with kids, trying to suggest games that are still fun for adults too.
The best games are the games where the players have actual choices and there are consequences for those choices. So I try to avoid deterministic games like Candyland and purely random games like Snakes and Ladders.
Some really quick suggestions starting from toddler up to teen:
Bingory, Zimbbos!, Laundry Jumble, Monza, Animal Upon Animal, Viva Topo, Mr. Fox, Outfoxed, Kids of Carcassonne, Catan Junior, Ghost Fightin Treasure Hunters, Hey That's My Fish, King of Tokyo, King Me!, Blokus, Qwirkle.