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Lawrenceville mom, daughter invent game

Special Photo Lawrenceville resident Wendy Hampton, right, and her daughter Taylor, left, invented a board game called Bufudiom, which uses common idioms used in everyday speech.

Special Photo Lawrenceville resident Wendy Hampton, right, and her daughter Taylor, left, invented a board game called Bufudiom, which uses common idioms used in everyday speech.

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Special Photo Lawrenceville resident Wendy Hampton and her daughter Taylor invented a board game called Bufudiom, which uses common idioms used in everyday speech.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's inevitable. Kids get bored sometimes.

When Wendy Hampton of Lawrenceville heard the dreaded words, "Mom, I'm bored," from her then 10-year-old daughter Taylor, the two decided to make their own fun.

"(Taylor) was looking up things that families could do together," Hampton said about the drab Saturday in 2002. "We decided to start creating a board game."

It started out as a regular game, but when Hampton used a phrase her daughter didn't know, she got a new idea -- guessing everyday phrases.

"The way we initially played, we were putting idioms on the cards," she said. "We would act out the words."

Some of the everyday phrases included "kick the bucket," "holy cow" and "does a cat have your tongue?"

The Hamptons played with the family for years and didn't think much of it until Wendy heard about an opportunity in 2005.

"We really thought we were onto something," she said. "I was on my way to work and I heard about a casting call that 'Everyday Edisons' was having in Atlanta."

After auditioning for the inventor reality show, Hampton's product was chosen to be featured on the PBS show with 13 other inventors.

"I wouldn't of known where to begin," the Lawrenceville mom said. "But on the show, it was really a team effort and you get to see everything played out on TV through the entire process (of the commercialization of the products)."

After the show, the final game Befudiom -- the combination of "befuddled" and "idiom" -- hit the shelves on a small scale in 2007. The game had evolved to include drawing, spelling and shouting the American expressions.

"It's not a quick process," Hampton said with a laugh. "It definitely doesn't happen overnight."

After five years of the original release, Befudiom was launched last August exclusively in all Toys "R" Us stores nationwide and online.

"We were thrilled," she said.

To Hampton, the game is more than just fun -- it's educational.

"I think it's a great game for kids now-a-days who are into text messages and such, so they aren't into the terminology that we 'older' people use," she said. "It's more fun to play with them because you are really learning together. For those who are not as familiar to our language, who are from a different country, it's a way to learn about our culture."

Ten years later, Wendy Hampton has found that the most rewarding part about the experience is the relationship she has created with Taylor.

"It's a really special bond we share," Hampton said. "We had no idea that when we were spending quality time together on that Saturday, that it would turn into this. Now that it's on the shelves, it's something very special."

Befudiom is recommended for ages 13 years and older.