Rock beats scissors.
Paper beats rock.
Scissors beats paper.
i find myself fondly recalling all the times Rock, Paper, Scissors helped to quell arguments and disputes during, not only my childhood, but also my adult life. The path towards acceptance and reconciliation for youths start with this game. It’s so perfect in its simplistic way. Three things – one beats another which beats another which beats another. It’s so good.
Here is where I’m going with this. While overhearing two of my children trying to settle a dispute, I heard them begin the familiar chant: “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot”. They repeated it several times until there was a decisive winner, one where acceptance was instilled, which I must say is incredibly hard to accomplish considering they are 5 and 6-year-old boys. Playing with toys, or more accurately, who gets to play with which toys, is settled with these three words.
If it wasn’t for this simple hand-gestured game, they would have surely have settled things with a fight, in typical young boy fashion. Yet, rock, paper, scissors helped to not bring that pass. This game is a true mediation tool. If only war was as easily resolved. Until then, at least the war between siblings can be.