I really enjoyed myself yesterday playing board games with my first cousins once removed. They’re 6 and 7 and let me tell you, the world’s biggest cheaters! And still I had to cheat twice as hard to lose.
I also had to pull rank a few times.
The 7-year-old decided he did not like how the 6-year-olds were playing the game and tried to insert his own rules. They spiritedly protested. He decided to pull out his trump card.
“Well, I am a year older than you so you have to do what I say.”
I decided it was time to get involved and maturely responded, “Well, I am older than all of you so you have to do what I say!”
This brought down censor from the people older than me in the room (not playing the game!) with a reproof not to pull age.
So I pulled reading ability. The next dispute resolved around a card requiring the player to return to their home base. The 6-year-olds struggled with it and the 7-year-old informed them that he could read better and it said no such thing.
So I said I could read better than all of them and it did too say that!
So we switched to Uno. My grandma (the children’s great-grandma) and brother joined us. The 6-year-old, having created a barrier so we could not “see her cards”, then preceded to pull all the skips, take twos, reverse, and color changes from the pile of cards. She left us to divvy up the rest as we wished.
When asked how she managed to get such good cards, she frankly said, “I took them!”
And the next round, when someone else shuffled and gave her a perfectly normal hand, she informed us she did not like playing the adult way!