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Politically Incorrect Parenting Presents: Top 5 Games for Christmas

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Posted on December 20 2010 1:00 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.

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4. Cashflow and Cashflow for Kids

This is a game that we went in on with our adult children and bought several years ago and shared. It’s put out by the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki. There is a version made just for children “Cashflow for Kids” but the original is great for adults and teenagers.

This board game is designed to help you see that you’re in a rat race, and teaches the principles of getting out of the race so you can pursue your passion in life. It asks you the question, “What’s your dream?” Each player assumes an identity from different walks of life such as teachers, firefighters, store clerks—just about every career, and income.

While walking through the peeks and valleys of life, through the board, each player gains insight into personal finance, common pitfalls and the power of the strangle hold of debt: the object of the game to become financially independent enough to pursue your stated dream. Along the way you learn what happens when you fill your life with “doodads.” Buying “doodads” is what most of us consider enriching our lives—with pleasurable possessions like a boat.

In this game, one quickly learns that those doodads in life are more costly than we imagined, and could cost us our life’s dream.

Not up for heavy life-lessons? Next up—forget the rat race, and build a maze.

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