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So, I was at our lgs with our kid, they do regular game nights. For a while, he has been going and sitting there bored. Well we were playing Roll For It! and he joined (with me helping of course) and he won. I let him place his dice wherever he wanted and do all of the rolling. Beginners luck mixed with a bit of coaching got him through. He was excited and everyone congratulated him.

Shoot forward like 20 minutes, we are deep in his second game with a completely different group of players. He has lost horribly, but he doesn't understand that yet. He at this point thinks the number of cards determines the winner. Well, another player won. He looked at me and asked how he won, I explained that he reached the number before you. My kid counted his numbers, then counted the winners. He looked up at the winner and said "Good job at winning!" and gave him a high five.

I'd have to say that both him winning and him losing gracefully was my proud daddy moments so far. So, what about y'all? Any proud daddy/mommy moment stories?
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My little girl (8) wanted to play 7 wondersuel.
So we started playing and i explained the options every turn.
In the second game i didn't gave much instructions but asked why she made certain choices.
And all of a sudden she created a wonder, got another turn took military points and the only option i got was picking a card that revealed more military points....
She won the game.
Then she explained her choices (getting a certain card so i couldn't get the card needed) and i was very proud of her.

Played a third game and i destroyed her! No more mister nice guy!
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Thomas L wrote:
He looked up at the winner and said "Good job at winning!" and gave him a high five.



Oh you my heart melted a bit there.

I think losing well is a skill that translates well into life... and there is a huge amount of pride when they nail it.

That is an awesome story.
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I got a big kick out of playing Pandemic with my daughter the other day. It was one of those "oh when did you grow up" moments.

My partner and I were discussing strategies for getting a card to another player, when she chipped in with a completely different (and quite viable) route.

I only got the kids properly into gaming within the last 12 months, and I am loving how it has improved their critical thinking abilities.
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Playing 1775: Rebellion against my 8 year old son. We've played around half a dozen games now and he has progressively become a better player.

In our last game he beat me. Every move I made was countered. Every colony I threatened was reinforced. I went from being confident in my actions to worrying about every little thing. It was a tough slog and I loved every minute of it.

The proud look on his face as I declared him the victor must have mirrored my own pride.
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My second game of Puerto Rico with my wife. My son (9) looks at the table for a few rounds (didn't even explain the rules). And suddenly he says: Mummy, You should take the captain and load Your goods, so that Daddy can't block You. We were both speachless
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Same last year - my oldest (12) beat me at 1775. No holding back, no hand-holding. He just outplayed me!
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Great story Tom! It is truly an awesome feeling not only once they want to play, but then again when they understand the rules and how to play, and of course watching then develop strategy and the urge to win but at the same time realizing that they will NOT always win and that the true joy comes from playing the game and being a good sport. I have been blessed with 3 daughters and each of them is very competitive but probably the single BEST line I have ever heard from any of them is when my youngest daughter, Sophie, whose two older sisters are 10 and 7 years older than her wanted to join us for a game of Dominion when she was around 8 years old. I was playing with the 2 oldest girls at the kitchen table and Sophie asked if she could join us for the next game when this one was finished. My oldest daughter says to her "Sophie, maybe you could just watch or play with Dad and try to learn how the game works". My middle daughter chimes in and says "Oh Sophie, there are a lot of different cards and they all do different things, this game is probably too hard for you". Before I can chime in and say, "Sophie I think you are smart enough to learn this game and we can play a teaching game next and show you how to play", Sophie replies to her two older sisters and says "if you two Bimbos can learn how to play this game, then it cant be too hard and anyone can learn how to play it"

Sophie's first game of Ticket to Ride



Her very first time winning a game of TTR:



Her sister Sabrina:



Her oldest sister Breanna:



First game of Escape:



Once she started playing Ticket to Ride and Dominion she got hooked on Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie and she actually loved going to Heroscape Tournaments including the Father/Child Tag Team tournament:







Her current favorite game is Lords of Waterdeep



Of course now she is a teenager and unfortunately board gaming with Dad is no longer on the top of her list of things to do in her spare timesoblue

Enjoy your time and make time for your children while they are young, it truly does go by much faster than any of us expect.
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Good sportsmanship leads to good interactions with other people so if I were the dad I would be very proud!
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Great stories- I love that so many parents here engage with their children, board games are a great way to do it.

When Mice and Mystics first came out, I put it on my wish list to play with my 10 year old and possibly her little sister who was 4. But thought maybe wait a few years for the little one to get older.

I played a lot of games with my now 16 year old over those 6 years, but she'll only play quick abstracts now (pente, ingenious) and typical quits playing if she loses. And as mentioned above playing games with dad is pretty low priority.

However the 4 year old is now 10 and is in the sweet spot for wanting to play games with dad, loving fantastic things (warrior mice adventures), and being old enough to play games without too much help. So we are having a great time playing the campaign.

I also have a 7 year old, but she has little interest in board games, beyond Sleeping Queens and Kerplunk!, so I am enjoying what might be the last few years of gaming with kids.
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Great stories- I love that so many parents here engage with their children, board games are a great way to do it.

When Mice and Mystics first came out, I put it on my wish list to play with my 10 year old and possibly her little sister who was 4. But thought maybe wait a few years for the little one to get older.

I played a lot of games with my now 16 year old over those 6 years, but she'll only play quick abstracts now (pente, ingenious) and typical quits playing if she loses. And as mentioned above playing games with dad is pretty low priority.

However the 4 year old is now 10 and is in the sweet spot for wanting to play games with dad, loving fantastic things (warrior mice adventures), and being old enough to play games without too much help. So we are having a great time playing the campaign.

I also have a 7 year old, but she has little interest in board games, beyond Sleeping Queens and Kerplunk!, so I am enjoying what might be the last few years of gaming with kids.


I still remember those wonderful days when all of them were younger and it would not be uncommon for us to stay up on a weekend and have an all night board game and video game tournaments and we would keep track of who won the most games and the Champ would get to pick what we had or where we went to have breakfast. I could walk in the house after work and say "who wants to play a game?" and I would always have at least 1 and sometimes up to 3 of them willing to play. Now when I say that I just get those looksshake On rare occasions they will want to play a game of Codenames or Dixit and over Christmas my middle daughter actually wanted to play Yahtzee and Stratego which was a nice surprise. Very sad thought but the 5-6 player games of the whole family playing Ticket to Ride or King of Tokyo are long gone.
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Great story Tom! It is truly an awesome feeling not only once they want to play, but then again when they understand the rules and how to play, and of course watching then develop strategy and the urge to win but at the same time realizing that they will NOT always win and that the true joy comes from playing the game and being a good sport. I have been blessed with 3 daughters and each of them is very competitive but probably the single BEST line I have ever heard from any of them...


I told this story to my friends and we are all dying laughing over here.


--- BREAK ---

I am glad this community is so kind I have had so many run ins with sore losers which just made the game unfun (even if it would otherwise be an awesome game), that I just really want to instill this into my kids.

Worst sore loser so far was during a game of Game of Thrones Board Game where a player got so upset that he told my wife he would stab her with a knife when she offered to give him a hug. (we settled that behavior real quick and he is no longer gaming with anyone we dealt with.)
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I love seeing my kids reason their way through a problem and coming up with a solution at the game table, especially if it's different from the way I would have done it. I also really enjoy it(at least at this stage - they're 10 and 8) when they win in competitive games because I know that they've really accomplished something to be proud of. Not that I'm a mastermind or anything, but it shows that they have a good grasp of the game and the strategy and can do well.

On the other side of the coin, I will confess to having a poor-loser moment once with one of my nephews who was about 8 at the time. He kicked my behind. Hard. And was not particularly gracious about it. It bothered me more than it should have, especially since it was a game where familiarity with the other person's capabilities provides a distinct advantage and it was his game that I had never played before, so I had a distinct disadvantage. Star Wars: Epic Duels for the record.
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I taught my 7 year old niece about the concepts of bluffing and poker face the other day. Next game of Love Letter, she watched me like a hawk when I drew a card and then completely head-faked me when she drew a card.

She’s not as innocent as she looks.
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We love playing games. While I can't remember an exact gaming moment, my 9 year old son and I have a podcast together about games. That has been so much fun to do together and I'm proud of what he does on it.
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We have played family games with our young children for years now. We play games like Rhino Hero, My Little Scythe, Exploding Kittens, and Outfoxed and have a great time. But recently I have been teaching our oldest, who is 6, to play more advanced games. I am so impressed by how quickly she understands the strategy in a game and becomes a legitimate competitor. She has beaten me in Azul and Mystic Vale, and she almost beat me in our last game of Dominion.

I just got a bunch of new games over the holidays, and I am learning them by playing them with her. In the last two weeks, she has helped me learn Fantasy Realms, Thunderstone Quest, Blue Lagoon, The River, and Tyrants of the Underdark. She actually won our first game of Tyrants.

Based on some of the other stories, I am really hoping that getting her started at 6 will allow me to have more years of gaming with her before she is too cool for it!
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It's all fun and games until your middle daughter is 20 and crushing you in like 85% of every game that you play with her. (#themonsterIcreated)

Seriously, I am so encouraged when I hear stories like this of dads and moms spending lots of time with their kids interacting, having fun, and teaching some great life lessons while getting in some covert work on critical thinking and logic!

My kids and husband are my primary game group. The kids are 22, 20 and 14 now. We play games all the time. They like their parents. They talk to us. They think we're fun. Now that's winning.

And if you don't have kids of your own, look around. Nephews, nieces, Big Brother/Big Sister type organizations, etc. There are plenty of kids that could really use a friend (and mentor) and board games are a great way to build relationships that can help them now and in the future. And to create or expand your own game group!

Thanks for posting your proud moment, OP.



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Playing through Near and Far with my kids and after game 8, my daughter was winning in overall points. I just caught up last game, but the last 2 games will tell the tale.

She is making really smart decisions every game, and it's a big game.
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I was playing POOP: Kawaii (similar to UNO but faster, and with poop) with my wife and 6-y/o daughter the other week. My kid was whittling away at her hand, and so was my wife (although I hadn't noticed), when she got to lead off another round. She was about to play one card when my wife and I butted in telling her it was best at that point to play her highest card. We thought we were being helpful, coaching her on strategy. So she dutifully played a 3 and then my wife went out and won the game. It turned out she had wanted to play a Skip Turn card. Great jorb, mom and dad. blush

Anyway, it was a little thing, but my daughter isn't super into board games (yet?), so to see her fully engaged, aware of the game state (more aware than I was!), and have a plan to deal with it, was pretty rewarding as a board gaming parent.
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Snardo wrote:
On the other side of the coin, I will confess to having a poor-loser moment once with one of my nephews who was about 8 at the time.


But it really is how we recover from it. Because I've had my breakdowns, but I've learned to be gracious about it. Sometimes, it is best to blame the game instead of the person. In that instance, the game gave him the upper hand by design. I've found that if a game is fun, even when you lose, then it is a good game. Although I am not rating by that alone, I lose a lot, so I have to rely on that
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balley40 wrote:
Based on some of the other stories, I am really hoping that getting her started at 6 will allow me to have more years of gaming with her before she is too cool for it!


The thing you might find is that she may be "too cool" for it, but she won't forget the fun y'all are having, or the skills she is learning.

I just made a list of different things that board games help develop and I'm pretty certain that the list should be one thing:

Everything.
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So, I had a super proud moment with my 7-year old ‘nephew’. We were driving to lunch and he knew I’d gone to a gaming session with friends the night before and wanted to know what we played – which was Dead Men Tell No Tales and I was describing the gameplay/rules to him and he goes “So it’s like Forbidden Island mixed with Ghost Fightin Treasure Hunters?”

It just gave me this moment of pure joy. I was all ‘Yes, yes, that’s exactly what it’s like!’

(And we almost played it a few days later, but he decided the box looked too scary. So we played Sushi Go instead. But I have Stuffed Fables arriving this week for our next little gaming session!)
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Very proud that my 6 year old daughter can handle playing semi-coop Nemesis ("but why do you have to play that spooky music daddy?" (Alien soundtrack)). No tantrums even when in dangerous situations. We let her specialise in playing the soldier, so she always has a chance at fighting back.
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That is a really lovely story! Good job.
My kids are still so mixed. One time they're fine at losing, the next they're flipping the table over.
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Thomas L wrote:
[q="balley40"]
I just made a list of different things that board games help develop and I'm pretty certain that the list should be one thing:

Everything.


Yes you are completely right. they are great for developing everything. And it is such special family time all playing together
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