Wanted: worse chess

JamesColeman

Honestly, my take on reading through this is that they're not actually that interested in it at all (at the moment) but they like spending time with you doing it, because you're their Dad. I think there's nothing wrong with letting them enjoy it at their own pace, and if it's something they get interested in and want to do more of, great, and if it's just something they try and move onto something else, that's all well and good too. I don't think they're ready for 'delayed gratification' when it comes to chess as it sounds like they're not too sure what it's all about, understandably so. 

AbstractApproach
JamesColeman wrote:

Honestly, my take on reading through this is that they're not actually that interested in it at all (at the moment) but they like spending time with you doing it, because you're their Dad. I think there's nothing wrong with letting them enjoy it at their own pace, and if it's something they get interested in and want to do more of, great, and if it's just something they try and move onto something else, that's all well and good too. I don't think they're ready for 'delayed gratification' when it comes to chess as it sounds like they're not too sure what it's all about, understandably so. 

That's definitely part of it, and I agree with everything you said. I'm still going to try to show them what the game has to offer. They are definitely their own little people, and it goes with out saying they can choose their pursuits. They may even drop it and pick it up later, in that case there will be some mylinated axons waiting.

It just occurs to me that it may be a valid use of my time to try and help some kids get into this game. Maybe it goes nowhere but maybe some learning will happen on the way.