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Christian responds to millionaire encouraging kids learn how to get rich with Monopoly

by Tola Mbakwe

Self-made millionaire and property investor Gill Fielding has said profit-making games teach youngsters about how to make money and how easily it can be lost.

The mum-of-three said Monopoly gives "aspirational children a significant edge over their peers and competitors when they grow up" and encouraged parents to spend a few hours a week with their children on such games.

Graham Nicholls, head of Affinity, which is a network of Christian charities, told Premier her advice can be trusted.

"She's clearly got insight into how to make money and how to run a successful business," he said.

"I think it's also true there's been lots of research into how children's brains develop and how it develops best through playing and doing."

However, Nicholls questioned whether it was right for a child to be so focused on how to make money.

He said: "I think what's much more important is to do with sharing, to do with taking turns, to do with suffering in a small way.

"Like when you lose, we can't make it right for you, you've lost all your money, you've gone bankrupt.

"So those are good things to learn and to talk your children though... They can't go off in a tantrum, they need to mature through that. I think that's much more important than making money."

Nicholls also said Christians should place a higher value on teaching their children how to follow Jesus.

"I think in God's providence, things sometimes work out for people, it probably has nothing to do with playing monopoly, I think it's just how God runs the world.

"I never cared whether my children made money , all I cared about is they love and follow Jesus. God may make them millionaires, he may make them poor, but if they're following Jesus it doesn't matter."

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