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Using Chess To Teach Your Child Life Skills

Sep 5, 2008
Many times, parents try to find any type of product that will help develop their child's life skills, teaching them to increase these skills for use in later life. Chess is one of the games that parents will use today to teach their children life skills and help with their interaction skills.

One of the skills that a child can learn is competition; they learn to compete with their peers in a friendly environment. They are able to pick up the required skills through practice teaching them that they can accomplish anything. They learn to be gracious winners and good sportsmanship through these competitive games of chess. This teaches them to be confident and gives them a sense of independent accomplishment, helping them take on life's challenges in their later years.

While in competition, another skill learned by children is the sense of community, by giving a helping hand to other children who are learning to play the game. They help create ways to win the game; they help represent the games at their schools. They take part in the two player teams where they help each other develop their skills through practice and cooperation.

Playing the game of chess also helps children learn fair play, this is very important in the child's later years making them more likely to grow up and treat other fairly, and to be respectful of others feelings. In addition, to being fair they learn how to treat others equally. They play against children of all races, genders and many different ages. They will discover that everyone who plays chess has an equal opportunity to be winners of the game. They also learn to play the game by the rules and they know that everyone will have the exact same rules. In this process they know that they are not any different from anyone else and the game of chess does not have any favorites, in order to win you must be like everyone else who plays the game, and learn the game through practice and game play.

In the game of chess, children learn the value of working hard; they must study the game, from beginning tactics to more advanced strategies. They will learn that through intense study and long hours of practice that they will be able to succeed at winning in competition. These skills come in handy for your child when they are in school, and through out their lives, they learn that through hard work and persistence they will succeed.

The last but certainly not the least, Chess teaches your children responsibility, they learn to be fair and to take the time to do what needs to be done when training. It means that they must live with the actions they use, and accept the consequences that are associated with those actions. They learn self control and they are more likely to think before they make any decisions. The game of chess gives you the opportunity to introduce your child to very important skills that they will need to succeed in their lives.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures. You will find all these things and more if you visit used board games, chess and children, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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