Evil exists in the world. It is real and present in the form of the devil and it seeks to ruin the Kingdom of God. We know that the gates of heaven shall prevail, but rather than assist the devil in his fruitless quest by handing over our children through the means of a game purchased for less than $20, why not prepare them for the possibility of encountering these items in their lives by teaching them of the harm it can do them.

Then buy them a pack of UNO cards—it's fun and totally harmless—and play with them!

Mary Ellen BarrettMary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. Her column for The Long Island Catholic is "Our Domestic Church." Mary Ellen speaks at conferences about homeschooling and raising a special needs child. Mary Ellen writes about the daily life and happenings in her Catholic home on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House and about a Catholic celebration of Christmas at O Night Divine.


Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, freelance writer and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklet, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of Catholic Writers of Long Island, www.BeAnAmazingCatechist.com and www.AmazingCatechists.com.

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