I can remember loving Candyland as a kid.
I looooved it.
And then I became a nanny, and Candyland grew a little… tiresome.
Then, I became a mom. And the sight of a child toddling over to me with Candyland in hand made me want to cringe.
I played anyway.
But I am definitely all Candylanded out.
I played because Candyland is important, but it’s important to know Candyland is not your only option.
Allow me to explain…
How to Grow Gamers with Amazing Gateway Games
Playing beginner games like Candyland is sort of like having an early reader. That first time your kid reads you a sentence? You are over-the-moon excited. It’s a big deal! Yay, she can read! Wahoo!!
Cut to those nights when your kids are exhausted, you are dog tired, and it’s past bedtime.
And your little darling wants to read the bedtime story.
You know what you are supposed to say, and so you say yes, but inside you cringe because you know how long and painful the story will be tonight.
Beginner games are like early readers. It’s exciting and fun and memorable… and sometimes extremely painful.
It’s okay to say that, but do not let them know you are struggling. You are building something bigger.
Candyland is important. You are making memories, building connections, and fostering a love of gaming.
And, truly, you will miss it. I promise you. I was sad when we outgrew Candyland.
Are you Candylanded out, too?
You aren’t alone.
But, the next time you are sitting through a never-ending game of Candyland, I want you to remember this:
- This is a gateway game
- You are building something bigger
I also want you to remember that there are other options. You can add some variety to your gateway game routine!
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram