Lessons I Taught My Daughter While Destroying Her In Candy Land
Recently, I sat down with my children to play a game of Candy Land. It’s a great board game for young children to play because there’s no strategy involved. Everything rests upon what card you draw. For the most part, it’s a fair game between a three year old and a twelve year old.
My three year old son wanted to play the game, while my twelve year old daughter did not. She was much too old and mature to play a childish game such as this one. (Yes, that last sentence was dripping with sarcasm!)
In any case, I told my daughter we would play this game with him and then we would let her choose a game to play. That was about as fair as I knew to be.
She didn’t like the idea and she played with a bad attitude. In fact, she got upset when my son and I drew really good cards and ended up ahead of her. We were so far ahead I knew she didn’t have a chance of winning. When this started happening she began to get frustrated and said she didn’t want to play anymore. I took this as a teaching moment.
I taught my oldest daughter a few lessons during this game:
- It’s not always about you.
- You don’t have to always go first. (According to the game directions the youngest player goes first!)
- Relationships are more important than tasks.
- Quality time is more important than winning.
- If you finish the race by yourself, you still lose.
- The journey is just as important as the destination.
- Take the time to have fun.
I could come up with a few more, but these were some of the lessons I tried teaching her. My son just wanted to play a game and spend time with his daddy. It’s amazing how much we can learn from little ones if we’ll stop and pay attention.
Question: What lessons have your children taught YOU lately?
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