Hubby is at (another) birthday party with Will, and Sean and I are doing Christmas stuff. As in, wrapping Daddy's gifts while he is out of the house! After a couple of gifts Sean says "Mom? I want you to play a game with me." I suggest Candyland and he scampers downstairs to get it. I'm kind of relieved for Candyland being the game of choice because Sean's at that stage where he throws fits when he loses. And I'm a ConnectFour SAVANT. I played this game for hours with my brother growing up and I kicked ass and took names. It's hard to shut that off with a four-year old, and they've got to learn that it's impossible to win every time.
This is the same Candyland we all grew up with and loved, but with one major improvement: no more cards. Instead, they've replaced it with a spinwheel, so every parent rejoices over not having to search for missing cards all over the playroom. (What, you don't mix up all YOUR gamepieces and playing cards into a big mashup? That's how we roll around here.) Sure, we're already missing one of the gamepieces but what of it.....it's still completely playable. So we play our three games and at the first one, Sean is crying over the fact that "he didn't get blue to go over the peppermint bridge." . We win, we lose and at the end, we only remember that we had fun. Half an hour of Mom and Sean time. Thirty five minutes if you allow for the tantrum.