Been trying to spend more time with family playing board games but no matter what I try, it just seems like my son can’t handle board games. Either he begins to lose and then becomes completely unruly, saying he’s just gonna lose, because he’s a loser, and throws the match entirely to reinforce that he will lose, or he acts the complete opposite…bouncy and silly and uncontrollable almost.
I bought Flick 'em Up: Dead of Winter. This we can play co-op so that you are against the game itself. If you lose, everybody loses, and if you win, everyone does. It involves flicking movement and bullet discs on the table to shoot plastic zombie figures and get to an RV across the map and escape (first mission). That’s pretty much all he had to do as a player. Choose if he wanted to move/move, shoot/shoot, or a combo of that.
Well, it didn’t go so well. He fell into his silly mood. He crawls on the floor making animal sounds, spins around, rolls onto his back and kicks his feet in the air while saying Nemo this or Nemo that. We ask him to calm down and take his turn, and admittedly he didn’t flick too well, and zombie rushes killed one of his 2 characters. (A zombie rush is when you take the zombie figures and stack them on something like a dice tower and then let them fall where they may). At this point he went into loser mode, and flicked his disk very half-heartedly so it barely inched, saying he was gonna lose anyway, then made more mouth sounds and just acted a fool, standing to jump once or twice, or hike his pants up to his chest and make fully faces.
Hubby and I have been really trying to not yell at him for his acting up like this lately, but any time we try to play board games it’s like this. Then my husband asked me the age range on the box, and that I bought something too complicated for him. I said I didn’t think it was too complicated but the box did say 14+, to my surprise. But literally my husband and I explained the rules (which were very simple), showed him a simple playthrough video from YouTube, and we were the ones performing the zombie rushes and managing the health and such. All our son need do was choose his action and flick…I didn’t think that was asking too much for a 9 year old.
So we argued, as we often do regarding our son, on what he is capable and incapable of, and I should know better than buy a game rated for 14+ and expect him to be able to handle it. I said this should have been a simple thing a 9 year old can handle, so I second guess myself all the time. I watch shows with kids on TV and I guess it just shows me this super stark contrast and I don’t know how 6 year olds can cook, perform on stage, or speak well without making stupid throat and mouth sounds or silly faces. Then I think these kids are just special…they were just born with higher intellect than your average child? He thinks our son is old enough to be able to pour his own drinks and fill his own cereal bowl but I do not, yet he is incapable of playing a flicking game?
He says I can’t expect him to be able to play games when we don’t do it often enough and haven’t started young enough…but this really isn’t the case either. We started playing (or trying to) play board games since he was about 4. We give up for stretches of time because he acts this way and we get upset, and think the game is just too old for him. We had been playing electronic Battleship and he started out doing well. I told him to put a peg in the place where he calls as he calls it, holding onto that peg with a finger, and to change the white peg to red if it was a hit, or to leave it in if it was a miss. But then hubby came over and, he suggested only placing the peg with the correct color (hit or miss) because what I was having him do was babyish and not necessary, doing an extra step. Well, our son couldn’t remember which place he had just called out then because he couldn’t keep his finger on the peg hole long enough, so opted out of placing pegs entirely unless they were hits and started to just call out random things. I keep track of misses and hits from the enemy side as well and saw that he named the same spot 3 separate times, and he just laughed and was like…oh well, gonna lose anyway, with a bunch of fart noises and spinning around on his knees.
Most of our attempted game nights ends in sadness, anger, and frustration for all. I keep trying, but in the end we just stop playing and let him play his Minecraft and Roblox games on the computer. He focuses on his computer games, at least.