I've been wargaming since I was 10 when my friends and I made up rules for our plastic armymen/tanks/etc and cowboys&indians collections -- it regulated the chaos and gave us excuses to use our BB guns and firecrackers and helped determine the game outcome... Now 40 years later I'm still gaming (board and miniatures). I like medium to heavy games with my favorite types in the WW2 and SciFi themes. Since I'm a software engineer and used to do consulting (techno-mercenary), I also like techno-type games, like Robo Rally -- hence the nickname TeknoMerk. My most favorite games are ones that have lots of command decisions.
I have 4 children, two
teens grown and in the US Navy and two grade schoolers, and all of them just love to play games. My wife and I educate our children at home, using games as part of their education. I regularly volunteer at homeschool co-operatives to teach science, engineering and history where games are one of my main means of teaching.
The children haven't figured out yet that gaming is a great way to build your skills in personal relations, math, history, problem-solving, statistics and character. They are doing school and don't know it! Ssshh, let's keep the secret a bit longer. I think games make a great parenting tool and help build bridges to great friendships.