But I am afraid I might not love them as much as my husband. My dear, sweet, wonderful husband not only agrees to play Monopoly with a 10, 8, 6 and 4 year old (Veronica just watches), but he enjoys it. He's even suggested the kids break out the Monopoly board for a game after supper.
I am not Superparent. I do not play Monopoly with them. I guess there are limits to my love.
Do any of you out there have children in this age range? Can you possibly fathom how incredibly frustrating it is to have a child consistently decide not to buy properties because he wants to save his money, but then complain at the end that he doesn't have properties?
And the whining. Oh the whining. A different child will jump up and down enthusiastically with a taunt on his lips when someone lands on his property and dissolve into that awful scream-cry when he has to pay up.
All this negativity is not to suggest that I can't admire some aspects of the game from afar. I do enjoy that my oldest child has declared herself "The Mayor". This is a self-appointed position that only she can hold. Basically, she has determined that she has the power to hand out money from the bank to anyone she chooses. It is all based on her extreme sense of
At the risk of revealing even more parental shortcomings, I am going to admit that I have boycotted Candyland since Child #2. Even with the first kid, I was cheating and not counting those stupid black dot spaces. I'll sit for a game or two of Hi Ho Cherry O, and will enthusiastically play some Uno, but negatory on the Candyland.
Don't even get me started on Chutes and Ladders.