Thinking about games made me think of the Game of Life.
It was very simple…you move forward, you have a job, a place to live, you marry and have a family. Very simple.
As I had foster kids coming through my home, I reinforced that simple “Game of Life” pattern: “First you finish school, then you get a job. You get your own place to live, you get a car. Then you get married and then you have a baby.” I repeated this like a lullaby in their little ears. Always in this order.
Why? I’ve heard that children are more likely to grow up in poverty if their parents are not married. I know they are likely to earn less, much less, if they don’t finish school.
I hope my singy-songy lullaby-list stuck in some of their little minds.