Yesterday my younger brother, cousin, and myself were going through their Christmas gifts trying to decide what we were going to play with. (Yes! I am a shameless BIG KID!).
Among the tablets, gadgets, and electronic gizmos; I saw an old relic – a Trouble board. Sweet salvation! I convinced the boys to let me teach them how to play.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW HOW TO PLAY TROUBLE, PLEASE SCROLL TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!
For those of you who do not know, Trouble is a board game. The game can be played with 2-4 players. Each player is assigned a color which coincides with the color of four pegs. The goal is to get all four of your pieces from the start space, around the board, and safely into the home safety spot, without an opponent landing on your peg, which causes you to start your journey around the board all over. The ability to come out of the starting position is determined by “popping” a 6. There is a round “popper” located in the center of the board, with a die inside of it. The number on the die also determines how many spaces a player is allowed to move
BACK TO THE POINT OF THE BLOG!
Since the game is so simple, I thought these bright young boys would pick it up in no time. To my surprise, through the entirety of the game I found myself having to repeat instructions every time either of them had a turn. One tried to quit, one of them shed a tear or two. I realized while playing that board games taught kids things that you can never learn from temple run or candy crush. Such as:
Whether it be Monopoly, Trouble, or Scrabble. A board game will force its players to strategically place their pieces. Sometimes you have to buy Mediterranean and Baltic avenue, because even though they are cheap everyone has to pass them (monopoly reference). As a life skill it is imperative to know how to be strategic, especially if you intend to go into business.
2. Delayed Gratification and Patience
Board games are LONG! It is important to understand (in games and in life) that good things come to those who wait.
Sometimes you only have one piece on the board and someone sends you all the way back to start. Does this mean the game is over? No, it means you have to stick it out and start over; just another opportunity to finish strong. The best part of getting knocked down is proving you can stand back up.
4. No hard feelings.
There is no harm in playing the game the way it is meant to be played. If you keep letting one person get a pass then you are robbing them of their experience and not giving yourself the opportunity to claim what is rightfully yours.
5. Sometimes you LOSE!
Should you cry about it, sure if you want! But remember that there is ALWAYS a next time. Dry up the tears, be more strategic, wait for your turn, remember that one person’s success is not your failure, and persevere.
Happy Playing Everyone!
and as always thank you for reading.