Friday, February 12, 2010
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.