Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Developmental Stages and Angry Game Playing

I am not a competitive person. At all. I compete against myself and am always trying to better myself but when it comes to competing against others, I shy away from it. This is probably why I'm so boring to play games with! My kids on the other hand...They got an incredible competitive spirit, which obviously comes from my dear hubby. 

A few weeks ago we took out our Build a Castle Game from Mother Goose Time with high hopes of learning, building, and sharing sibling love (ha ha!). Needless to say, two of the three expectations did come to fruition, but sibling love was nowhere to be found!

*On a side note, there was poodle love. There is always poodle love when Jack the Standard Poodle is involved.


We went over the goals and rules of the game. I wish I had laid out expectations for behavior. Thank goodness this isn't the last game we'll play!

They both built their castles differently. Different building techniques but equally intent on building the biggest castle. 



I did manage to get them to work together at times.

There are many pictures I could have taken of them crying or rolling on the floor in fetal position but I've made a promise to myself to only put pictures in this blog that would make them happy.

I know it's completely against an education-based blog to say where I went wrong, but here goes:

-I really should have laid out my expectations ahead of time!
-We truly need to work on building each other up and good sportsmanship. I need to show them good examples of this. They are such good kids and their behavior is truly so, so sweet, that I have full confidence that they can be good and fun game-players.
-I should have changed the game midway (as soon as I couldn't get the bickering under control)  to them going toward making a big castle together. 

Truly, this is just the age where they learn how to compete in a kind way. My boy just turned five, and that is just the beginning of being able to understand this. I'm so thankful for opportunities to practice our sportsmanship skills on all of these Mother Goose Time games. 


*I receive Mother Goose Time curriculum in exchange for sharing of our experiences, resulting from our personal use. All opinions/thoughts are my own and are in no way influenced by others.


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