Chess is an enjoyable intriguing game and can be used as a great way to strengthen relationships especially with our children. If you or your child do not know how to play, then the time spent learning together will be time well spent. Learning the game is pretty easy, and there are many great resources on the market for beginners. A game of chess with your child can help you see things in them that you might not have seen in other settings. The following six items may prove beneficial and help you connect with your child.
As a parent you are busy and have a lot on your mind. The economy, your job, bills etc. Many things are competing for your attention. At times your home can be in chaos. Chess allows you to slow down, engage in quality time with your child, and enjoy each other’s company.
Solve Problems Together.
Chess is a game of problems. Playing each other is a chance to solve problems together on the chess board. This also gives you the opportunity to brainstorm and put your minds together to find solutions for real world problems also.
Learn How They Think.
By playing with your child you’ll notice how they think by the moves they make. Are they being passive in their style of play or aggressive? You’ll see if they can spot an obvious good or bad move. Also you can see if they make decisions quickly or slowly.
There are times when you and your child talk only in passing. Chess can give you the chance to talk to your child in a quiet enjoyable setting and find out what’s going on in their life.
Know Where They Are.
If you’re playing chess with your child then chances are you know where they are. If you play on a regular basis then this gives you the opportunity to keep track of them and have some peace of mind.
Their Reaction Adversity.
When playing chess with your child you can pay close attention to how they react under pressure when facing a tough situation in the game. Do they fold into a shell and give up? Or do they face adversity head on. You can also take note of their reaction to losing. Do they get frustrated? Do they quit or are they calm under pressure? Playing chess with you child gives you the opportunity to see things that you may not often see.