Let the wookiee win

My son is starting to get older (granted, he’s still only 3) but we’ve begun to play more structured games, which got me thinking.

If/when we start playing competitive board/video/etc games, should I let him win from time to time?

The obvious answer is yes, you should!  But, I’m not so sure that it’s that clear-cut.  Like most parents, I think my kid is pretty smart.  Won’t he figure out that I’m not trying very hard?  Will that teach him that I don’t think he’s an opponent worth putting my full energy into?  Alternatively, will winning all the time teach him to dislike a hobby that I really would like him to enjoy with me?

I think ultimately, it will depend on him and the game.  Some games make it easier to hide that you’re making bad choices, and there are plenty of games that have enough randomness that I probably don’t have to do anything to help things along.

Ultimately, I know that I should be teaching that having fun with me is more important than the outcome, but show me a person that doesn’t like to win time to time.  Absolutely, having fun is the #1 goal, but I remember myself as a young kid – I wanted to win.  I expect nothing different from my kids.

I think this is one of those tricky spots in parenting, or, maybe I’m just reading too much into things.

Eating out with Baby

A few new stops for meals with Jackson means a few more posts from me!

Applebee’s Southside – Overall, the experience was ok.  They did not have cups with lids (like Chili’s) for young ones, but everything else was pretty decent.  We weren’t really impressed with the food this time around, but I’m not sure if that’s a function of what we ordered or if the food is decreasing in quality (we’ve eaten here before and enjoyed it, pre-baby).

A Taste of Edmonton – Lots of choices!  Serve yourself.  Jackson didn’t/couldn’t eat a lot of things, due to his allergies, but we had anticipated this and brought him his own snacks.  It was a fun afternoon out.

Mr. Mike’s

A number of people enjoyed the post I made yesterday talking about baby friendly restaurants. I realized that I missed a few. I given the responses of my previous post, I will try to continue this feature.

Mr. Mike’s – We ate at Mr. Mike’s in West Edmonton Mall. They had high chairs which were of good height in relation to the table. Our server interacted with Jackson quite a bit, asking him questions like what he’d like to eat. It was a very positive experience.  Additionally, the food is very good and quite reasonable for a steakhouse.

Chili’s – We’ve eaten at the Edmonton South location twice and both were positive experiences.  They have great kids cups (with a straw and a lid) which are great.  Jackson drew with crayons for the first time at Chili’s.

Baby Friendly

With a little one in the family, our restaurant experience has changed slightly.  Thankfully, we’ve had pretty good experiences. 

Red Robin- We’ve eaten at both Edmonton South and Edmonton West.  Both, as expected were very good experiences.  Our most recent visit to Edmonton West we had ordered some vegetables for the little one, but they didn’t have anything, so we received some melon, free of charge.  The high chairs are high enough for the little one to reach the table fairly well.
Earls – We ate at Edmonton South Common.  This was a good experience.  We had contacted the manager beforehand to check to see if they had high chairs (they don’t), so we brought our own.  We sat on the patio, but the chair did put the little one pretty low on the table.  I’m not sure if this would be any better in the dining room or not.  We ordered some seasonal veggies for the little one.
Moxies - We’ve eaten at Edmonton South and Edmonton South Common.  South Common was alright.  The high chair was not tall enough for the table we were seated at.  South was a better experience.  The high chair was the right height for the table.  We had ordered some steamed broccoli which we were charged for.

Overall, we were happy with our experiences at these restaurants and would not discourage families with young ones visiting any of them.

I was really meaning to…

Before I found out that I was going to be a father, I thought that I’d blog throughout the pregnancy, talking about what I was feeling and all those sorts of things.  When I found out we were pregnant, I thought, yes, I’d do this.

I didn’t account for:

  1. Full Time Work
  2. Full Time School

Ok, so I guess, for sanity’s sake, I had very little time to blog.

Also, I really didn’t know what to say.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m excited.  I’m scared.  I’m all sorts of things.  I just didn’t know how to coherently put that to “paper”, so to speak.

With less than a month to go, I still don’t have much to say.  It’s an experience that you’ll never really be ready for.