Playing our First Game

Just checking in on this balmy 35 degree spring like afternoon (it’s 80 degrees warmer than it was two days ago) to tell you that I just played a game with my son for the first time ever.

Candyland.

For years Sawyer and I have played every game you can imagine, and invited Cooper to join us.

We’ve begged, bribed, encouraged…you name it…we’ve tried. He’s never once joined. Games aren’t his thing.

He also struggles to sit and understand the concept of playing.

Well, today, I asked him if he wanted to play. And for the first time ever he ‘said’ yes.

He moved his own guy. He knew the colors. He sat for the whole game. He understood turn taking.

I have written the sentence…’I’ve never played a game with my son’ in hundreds of blog posts.

Well, that’s not true anymore.

At age 8, after being on anti-anxiety meds for 3 full weeks, I played a game with my son. He had fun and understood. It wasn’t forced. And he beat me.

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