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6 keys to help children who do not follow the rules of the game


We have all seen children passionately playing both outdoor games, board games or any other situation where there must be a winner. Everyone wants to win and the reactions when they fail can range from accepting defeat with honor (the least), to crying bitterly, getting angry pointing out guilty or leaving the game without explanation. For this reason, many decide to cheat to always ensure success. In Guiainfantil.com we discovered 6 keys to help children who do not follow the rules of the game hardly ever.

Competition by itself is good. It is part of life and develops in children naturally as they grow. He always accompanies us, although like many other aspects, the degree of competitiveness of each child will depend on their temperament, their parenting style and the personal circumstances that they face.

Usually rule games start in preschool. It is often thought that the rules are usually developed in team or table games, however, the truth is that the rules have been present in children's games long before. There are many games in which everyone knows what to do, such as catches, the wolf, hide and seek, etc.

For younger children (3 to 5 years old) who play more on their own, regardless of the performance of others, that someone win only serves to start over, for example, in catches.

For those over 6 years old, the actions of others are already important and it is a relevant part of the game to prevent or hinder them, because it will depend on it many times whether they win or lose. At this age children have a very rigid concept of rules and they think that they cannot be altered, changed, or played in a different way. Understanding that as long as everyone agrees they can change the way and the rules of the game is a complex process that is achieved around 10 to 12 years.

The benefits of children playing rule games They are, among others:

- It is a socializing process that teaches children to win and lose, to respect turns and rules and to consider the actions and opinions of other players.

- They are essential for the development of different skills.

- They favor the development of language, memory, reasoning, attention and reflection.

As parents there are many things we can do to help our children develop this stage in a positive way, to respect the rules, not to cheat, to accept defeat and, most importantly, to have fun regardless of the outcome of the game. Here are some recommendations to get it done.

- Take care of what we say and what we model for them
Many times when we watch a game on television or talk about athletes, without realizing it, we place an excessively important value on those who win and send the wrong message to our children. Instead, let's try to give more value to effort, to the value of collaborating in a team, to fair play, to those who know how to accept their defeat, to how exciting the game was regardless of whether our team lost, etc.

- Promote family play situations, either on the table or outdoors where we model them:

1. what the most important thing about a game is to have fun, even if you don't win.

2. Teach them the importance of fair play: follow the rules without cheating. Cheating is easy, but it makes you not really enjoy the triumph. In addition, playing fair means that, even if they lose, others trust and believe in them and always want to invite them to play.

3. Put it in evidence if you catch them cheating: make it clear that this makes the game lose its fun and you have to start over. Also, it is important to show them that someone who cheats will not find playmates afterwards, as no one likes to play with someone who cheats.

4. Let you win sometimes and let them know how much fun the game was both losing and winning.

5. Highlight the efforts they make to contribute to the group if it is a team game, or the skills they show in a board game, for example, good memory or their ability to make decisions. It is important that they feel valuable and appreciated, even if the result is not that he wins the game.

6. Let them get frustrated: If your children cry or decide to abandon the game because they have lost, give them a moment to vent and when they are calm, encourage them to continue and discover that, if they leave, they will miss a fun and pleasant time.

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