Friday, February 12, 2010

Home Spun comic strip #447

Home Spun comic strip #447

Yes, my husband has actually played Yu-Gi-Oh with my son. He described it as chess, if each and every piece had its own set of rules. We went through a lot of problems with my son when he first played. He would set the deck to assure his best cards were on top. He would glower if my husband tried to actually win. It finally occurred to me that he wasn't as interested in playing the game as he was in pretending he was Yu-Gi. Which, of course, meant his father had to be whoever the bad guy was. It was his own version of cops and robbers, your basic good vs. evil play.

Eventually Chase did start playing the game. And after a longer period of time we even managed to teach him to play fairly and lose gracefully (he didn't always lose, thankfully). For the record, it's not easy to teach a highly competitive child these skills. For us, it took years of work, a lot of patience (which we didn't always have) and lots of after-game decompressing. You're welcome.

4 comments:

Kez said...

It's hard - we're finally getting to the stage of it being reasonably ok if he loses.

Spinneretta said...

LOL yes, this is us too :) Right now the kids love to make their own cards... since DS has no-one to play with, that sounds good ;)

dbmamaz said...

yeah, this sounds about right. my middle child still doesnt actually have the patience for board games, and my husband lets the little one play pretend as much as he can stand it. He also plays video games with him, but nothing on paper much. I tried altering candy land to use 2 dice for addition practice and it was a total failure. First time, the 6 yo got upset when he didnt know the answers. 2 mo later, he knew all the answers, but quit when it became evident i might win. Boys.

The Stone Age Techie said...

This has been a years-long process for us - and, just when the nine-year-old starts to feel better about competing, losing, and being a good sport, the five-year-old is stepping up for the family role of sore loser :-) It is a learning process, that's for sure!

This series about Yu-Gi makes me smile. Now when my boys talk about Yu-Gi-Oh in that reverent tone, I find myself seeing your hearts above their heads.

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