Parenting Poll Of The Week – Let Them Win?

I have played many, many games with Thing 1 this week. I’ve discovered that he is highly competitive and doesn’t like to lose very much. He’s not really a sore loser, and he doesn’t usually get upset when he loses. But whenever I win, he insists on playing again. And again. And again. Until he wins, then we can stop.

I don’t let him win, but I find myself hoping I lose. Not because I don’t think it’s good for him to experience losing. But because I don’t want to keep playing.

What about you?


2 thoughts on “Parenting Poll Of The Week – Let Them Win?”

  1. I will usually just play one more time and tell my son just one more game. If I happen to win again I just remind him that maybe next time he’ll win. The funny thing is when we play chutes and ladders – the closer he gets to finishing he starts hoping to get a chute so he can play longer and avoid bedtime.

  2. There are so many games where adults have an unfair advantage. I tend to be very competitive but sometimes I let him win. Usually when he’s being a good sport.

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