By: Jennifer Murray

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Candy Land

what i need to know i learned from candy land 

~ Going backwards is hard. Really hard. Often times it involves weeping.

~ You can’t predict your future.

~ Taking turns isn’t just polite, it makes things work.

~ Even a cupcake can be disappointing.

~ Sometimes your path is winding, long, and unpredictable, and sometimes it’s filled with shortcuts and sugar-coating.

~ A life filled with color is much better than black and white.

~ Competition is reality; learn to play the game early.

~ Your integrity is constantly being watched.

~ No matter what adults may tell you, everybody doesn’t win.

~ Taking defeat well takes practice.

~ Celebrating someone else’s victory is much more fulfilling than wallowing in your own defeat.

~ The faster you clean your mess, the quicker you are on your way to enjoying the next thing.

What have YOU learned lately through playing with your children?

14 Responses to “All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Candy Land”

  1. Crystal
    January 23, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Jack asks me AT LEAST 20 times a day to play Candyland with him. It’s funny that you wrote this post now, because we’ve been going over some of the exact same lessons!

    • QuatroMama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      So thankful you can relate too, Crystal! =)

  2. Leanne
    January 23, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I love this is! Such true words! I’m in the same season of life- playing Candy Land (daily) with my 3 year old!
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    • QuatroMama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks so much, Leanne! It’s so encouraging that something as simple as Candy Land can teach them and myself valuable lessons! If only that Candy Land game came with REAL candy to munch on!

  3. oh amanda
    January 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL and perfect post!

    • QuatroMama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      Your kindness is so encouraging!

  4. Julie
    January 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I love this! Though I can’t say I love Candyland. Usually when it’s brought out, I secretly moan inside, but you are right it does teach some valuable life lessons!

    • QuatroMama
      January 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      I secretly dread it too at times, because my boys are so competitive, but there have been some worth while teaching moments lately that have made it so worth it!
      Thanks so much for linking this in your blog!

  5. Julie
    January 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Oh, and I put a link on my site to this article. Hope it drives more traffic to you!
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  6. Barbara Manatee
    January 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Such big lessons! So pertinent to my own children as well as my students. I do a weekly ‘board games’ time with our general education friends. Last week, 1 group (that included 2 of my students) were playing Trouble and my student teacher came over to ask if it was ok to switch games b/c one of my students was getting mad b/c he couldn’t get out of home. I told her that was part of it all! A learning opportunity, indeed! So we talked about waiting our turn, not getting mad and still having fun. He made it through and she had an ‘aha!” moment.

  7. Lana
    January 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Great comparison! I love it!

  8. Pettina07
    January 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    We can’t definitely predict the future that awaits us…Thanks for the great post here..
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  9. Chelley
    January 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    LOVE this! Great observations 🙂

  10. Deane07
    January 24, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Great insight on these post!
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