A doesn't do well with losses. She hates it when she cannot win. And she makes it known to her opponents by whining and moping about it. No, its not a pretty sight. So much so that we don't quite enjoy playing games with her, particularly board games.
On a recent trip, she was gifted a 'Curious George' game and drawn by the novelty of it, we decided to try it out. As I read the instructions of the game, D looked at his sister who was suspiciously checking out the game. I think he anticipated the worse and decided to take preventive steps before all hell broke loose.
"A, listen to me OK. It's not about winning or losing. This (pointing to the game) is just a game, all right?", he said.
Yes, this is my 6 year old parting wisdom to his toddler sister. Didn't matter if his little sister got it or not. It was what he said and the way he said it. Priceless.
As for the game, guess who won? Bratty A! While she reveled in her win, I was grinning ear to ear for averting a mighty tantrum.