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Why the game of Candy Land bothers me

Every child’s first game, CANDY LAND is a colorful way for a preschooler to experience the joy of game play. The game teaches color recognition and matching while reinforcing the lesson of taking turns and being a gracious winner or loser. You will love to see the smile on a young person’s face as they travel through CANDY LAND.

That’s what Hasbro has to say about it.  What do I have to say about it?

Every father’s first game, CANDY LAND is a colorful way for a parent to tell his child that this is not how life really is.  The game teaches color recognition and matching while reinforcing an attitude that you can still succeed, even without a strategy.  It teaches the lesson of accepting an outcome, when nothing is within your control and everything is left to chance.  You will love to see the smile on a young person’s face when you play your first game of chess.

I’m a loving father.  But I’m also insanely competitive.  I don’t think we do our kids any favors by teaching them to just throw the dice or spin a wheel and let life hand them a destiny.  I’m going to raise my son to not expect a ribbon for just showing up.  I’m going to raise my son to not expect something for nothing.

I want him to know that there are risks is life but there are also great opportunities.  It might not start with a game called CANDY LAND but it sure will in the game called LIFE.

Do you think everyone should be rewarded for just showing up?

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

2 Responses to “Why the game of Candy Land bothers me”

  1. May 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Not to mention saccharine makes my teeth hurt! 😉
    .-= Geoff Crane´s last blog ..Ten Knowledge Areas Went Out to Dine…One Got Ignored and Then There Were Nine =-.

  2. May 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Not to mention saccharine makes my teeth hurt! 😉
    .-= Geoff Crane´s last blog ..Ten Knowledge Areas Went Out to Dine…One Got Ignored and Then There Were Nine =-.

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