Apparently there are people out there who let their kids win when playing games. This is why children grow up to be sore losers and horrible winners folks! This is also why winning no longer means anything, trying to do well is pointless, and just putting in an appearance gets you a little plastic trophy like all the other participants got.
Okay, so maybe I exaggerate just a teensy little bit.
However, I think that as parents, we need to take back our right to win at stuff and stop worrying about how our kids will feel if they aren’t numero uno all the time. I like winning. I don’t get to do it much. Sometimes, my kids are the only people I can actually win against, so yes, I’ll do my darndest to win.
And then every once in awhile, I’ll get my butt handed to me in a game of chess (I’m not that good at chess), or Connect 4, or UNO, or Yatzee, and my kids can be sure that it is a real win and feel a real sense of accomplishment, and they’ll tell everyone how they beat their mom at a game.
The one exception is Candyland. I’ll cheat like the dickens and let them win, just to make sure the game is over as quickly and painlessly as possible. I really hate Candyland.