Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Connect 4

The Connect 4 game was a favorite of my son and we played many (and I do mean many) times.

When we started he was about 4 years old. I never deliberately let him win. I would be just playing along with not really thinking about the game. His mom would ask that I "let" him win.

I told her that life never just rolls over and"lets" you win. As time went on, he started winning more games and I had to start paying attention to keep it keep him from winning easily.

By my not letting him win, he started trying his very best and we began having a lot more fun and he was learning to compete and not just participate.

He is a strong young man today and I think a lot of it has to do with that little $5 game from his youth.


Annie said...

I've noticed that dads are much less likely to "let" their kids win at games. I wonder if kids prefer to play with moms or dads? What do you think?

Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

Mom's pretty much do the same thing. We used to play scrabble and I was the scrabble queen...when they started beating me they felt so good and became very competitive as a result. I don't think you should "LET" them win...just play more on their level.

squire said...

Annie, I think kids prefer the challenge.

Gary said...

I think Annie is completely right about it being a man thing. I think that is one of the reasons why a kid should have two parents if possible. I think they get something different fom each parent.

Michelle said...

I think you're spot on. My daighter could play basic card games when she was 5, she also played board games too. Now at 10 she plays chess and is an absolute maths wizz!


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