Globally Conscious

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  In the light of the catastrophic devastation in Haiti, we feel a sense of guilt as we enjoy the simple pleasures of our daily lives. It seems so unfeeling to thrill to pleasure of engaging with our grandchildren as I have been doing over the past few weeks. On the other hand, deepening an appreciation of the privileges we enjoy, encourages us to do more for those who are suffering and to be able to teach the next generation about the importance of caring is so important and easily done between grandparents and grandchildren.

  Globally conscious, I have been thinking about the games we play with 7-year olds. Cards games provide excellent interchange and practice with math skills and logic as does chess, checkers and Parcheesi. Monopoly seems to encourage the very characteristics that lead to the problems that existed in Haiti before the earthquake. How do we find a balance between teaching the joy of winning and still maintain a sense of encouragement to whomever comes in second place? I will be on the look out for socially conscious games and would welcome any suggestions.