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The Smart Mom’s Guide to Playing Monopoly
Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 7, 2010 @ 1:27 pm In Budget Living,Family Fun,Memory Making | 28 Comments
As a child I loved playing Monopoly . I somehow had no idea how many hours a full game entails. Yes, ignorance is bliss.
Last Christmas we finally had enough kids old enough to play “the real Monopoly,” so that was one of our family gifts. And recently the boys and I have started playing it at night after the girls go to bed.
FishBoy6 isn’t quite up to speed; it’s still boring to him. But, the bigger boys are all over this idea of buying up property and charging people rent. Little do they know what a total pain it is to be a landlord in real life. (But that’s a post for another day….)
I realized after getting started with Monopoly  — and actually reading the directions — how quite a time intensive game it is. So much so that we’d be up until midnight if wanted to play a full round. So, I made a few adaptations. Here are the game rules:
While I’ve heard that more recent versions of Monopoly  include credit cards and I don’t know what else, I recommend purchasing a more classic version  with paper money. While I don’t agree with the game’s stated goal of “making everyone else bankrupt,” I do think it’s a great tool for teaching them about money, expenses, rent, mortgages, etc. It’s been eye-opening to me to see how my kids think about money.
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