Words of Wisdom

How does that old adage go? Out of the mouth of babes? Yes, I think that is it.

I often drive my oldest son to school in the morning and we have fantastic conversations on the way. Case in point, we talked about Bakugans and how much he and I love them*. When I asked him if his friends also loved them as much as he did, he became very serious and stated in a tone that did not invite argument, “No.”

When I asked why, he said, “Because my friend’s dads don’t like the game as much as you.”

Did you catch that? Because I showed interest in something that my son liked, it immediately became much more important to him. If you are in doubt that your children put any weight behind your opinion and attention, set it aside now. Even paying attention to and becoming interesting in the smallest of fads means the world to your little geeks. Take the time to learn what they love and they’ll love you all the more for it.

*Disclaimer: I am still not 100% certain what a Bakugan is, but I can hold my own in a conversation with my 6 year old just fine, thank you very much.

About Cyrus

Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children and wife the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on CyrusKirby.com. Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....
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2 Responses to Words of Wisdom

  1. Meng says:

    I think some fathers (like me) can easily underestimate the ability of their children to engage in insightful conversation. One-on-one conversations are great opportunities to challenge your children to express their thoughts. And Bakugan is more topical to them than, say, democracy in the Middle East.

  2. Karl says:

    Thanks Cyrus,
    This is a very insightful and helpful commentary to reflect on. One that can certainly help us fathers to create a stronger bond with our children. 🙂

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