Teaching Morals with a Chess Board
By JennaHatfield on April 21, 2013
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed when it comes to teaching your kids right from wrong, the ins and outs of ethics and morals and etiquette? I do. I feel such a weight, such a responsibility to raise children who genuinely care about others, who make good choices, and who apologize and accept consequences when they make a mistake. Serena Malcom at Operation: Be His Mother recently shared how she's using the game of chess to teach her son about morals.
I really like her points:
The basics are simple, really. But when I started to explain to Reece about the ways to become good at chess, I realised that there are a lot of life lessons he can be taught by playing. Here are the main three:
1) Thinking ahead and considering the consequences of your actions. Constantly reassessing at each stage and thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of every decision.
I feel inspired to break out our chessboard, reteach myself some moves, and follow in Serena's footsteps. Finish reading her post and strike up a game with your kids. At the very least, you'll be spending some quality time together, and that's always a good thing.
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