Gavin makes a great point that teaching kids how to lose gracefully, and be a good sport, makes the game more fun for everyone. And it’s an important life lesson to teach. It’s a tough lesson, especially to a 5 or 6 year old, but something everyone will have to go through before stepping into teen-hood and beyond. .
He plays his son a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos, and pwns the kid. Snap! What a horrible dad! Here’s what he says about it:
"Since there is no satisfaction in winning a game against your own child, That Dad uses this experience to build something else. Who better to coach their child through defeat than their dad? As I looked across the table at my son’s solemn face, I asked him what was wrong. “I lost”, he replied. As I shoot him a perplexed look, I explain that I’ve been playing this game for 35 years, why would he think he could beat me the first time he played it. “I dunno”, is his reply and “Well, let’s play again, but try harder”, is mine."
Tough lessons have to be learned, but who better to do it than someone the child loves, trusts, and someone who will believe in him or her no matter whether he or she wins or loses.
Great point by a great dad!