We have a new pastime at our house: checkers! It started with Brian and Brianna. Then, Josh got into it. Megan asked me to play her one day last week and that was all it took. We’re all hooked.
It’s so much fun because all the kids are now old enough to understand the basics of the game and are each learning to think about their strategy.
I haven’t played Brianna yet — she’s too busy trying to beat her dad again after her first victory against him last week and it’s fun playing with Megan, trying to teach her to watch her moves. But, it’s really been fun playing with Josh. He’s gotten to where he really thinks about and considers each move. He’s also developed a really good attitude of sportsmanship, even when he’s losing.
He hasn’t been losing as much lately, though.
He beat me twice in a row and almost made it three the last time we played. Truthfully, it would have been three if he hadn’t let down his guard. He had me beat, then, he started being silly and not paying attention. And, I could have pointed out some bad moves to him…but, he’d just beat me twice in a row. 😉
It’s so much fun to pull out two-player board games with the kids. Not only is it fun just to play the game, but it provides some nice one-on-one time during which conversation can flow smoothly and comfortably.
When we’re not concentrating on our next move that is.
(And, no, we haven’t abandoned the Wii. Megan, Josh and I had a great time Saturday evening golfing, playing tennis and bowling.)
photo by k. l. macke