Recently while traveling through Memphis, my husband and I stopped at a department store. It took 45 min. for me to purchase 1/2 yard of fabric because the employee working in the craft section could not figure out the price without using the machine which was out of order. Finally the manager came by and told her to just write down 50% of the price on the bolt. She could not do the math.
I started thinking of all the time our mother spent playing board games with us as we grew up. Maybe we need to play more games like Monopoly and Life to teach our kids how to earn and count money. In 1860 Milton bradley introduced the first popular "Parlor" game called, The Checkered Game of Life. Here is how Hasbro advertises the Game of Life now:
“Where will your choices take you? You made it through high school, so now what’s next? Go to college or start a career -it’s your choice. Think the family life is for you? Take that path and see how many kids you’ll have! Will you venture down the risky road where fortunes can be won… and lost? Do whatever it takes to retire in style with the most wealth at the end of the game. Spin the wheel of fate and take a drive along the twisting roads families have enjoyed for more than 50 years! Do good deeds as you go through the game to earn Life Tiles and more money down the road. "
Playing the game offers the opportunity for family discussions about how life choices affect the amount of money we earn. The person that chose college first usually made more money in their lifetime.
But it is a game of chance after all and a roll of dice can derail your cushy life pretty quickly. That may seem unfair but then real life can throw us a curve ball through no fault of our own. Maybe a family discussion concerning what you value most in life or how to be happy with what you have might help.
Of course Monopoly is the consummate real estate game. My brother pleaded with you to cut him a break when he landed on your property at the beginning of the game. But he never deviated from his plan of buying up the navy blocks. He then so enjoyed charging you every time you came by with no relief from what you owed to him. I fell for it every time. According to Wikia: "The Blue Properties are the most expensive and famous in Monopoly. While they are expensive, they are actually cheaper to build Hotels on than the Greens, even the Reds and Yellows are higher. The Blues rank 5th out of 10 in payoff percentage and 9th out of 10 in visitation frequency." How did my brother figure this out as a 7 year old.
The most important lesson learned from playing these games might just be how fun it is to spend family time together.
Ideas for life.
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