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Weekly Roundup: Surprises, Stars, Savings

A quick follow-up on some previous posts:

*On the Teachable Moment – the kids came through even better than I thought they would. Not only did they sell things at the yard sale to earn money, but they also decided to save the money, not attend Star Wars Celebration V, and spend time with their friends at home instead. I was impressed. When kids choose saving over spending and friends over their own personal indulgence, that’s pretty cool!

*On the Perseids – I have plenty of friends who got to see plenty of shooting stars the other night. As for myself and my family, we saw a few but had to get out of town to see them, regretted not bringing the insect repellant, and spent two days recovering from Perseid-lag from being up til 4:30. The cool thing? It was fun being together and it provided fodder for another memorable family story to be retold for years to come.

*On Back to School Sales and Tax-Free Holidays – I hope you have gotten some bargains. Our tax free weekend is happening right now. Since our two boys are being homeschooled this year, we didn’t have to pick up much, but did get plenty of materials we are using in the home office for a marketing campaign. Happy shopping!

*And, finally, a feature I’d like to add every Saturday when we kind of wrap up the week – a freebie designed especially for dads. This particular freebie just passed on Thursday, but it is a yearly event, so plan ahead for next year if you like baseball and live in the Quad Cities area. According to the team’s web site fans had the chance to show their loyalty to the River Bandits by having a free tattoo of a River Bandits logo permanently inked to a visible part of their body, drawn free of charge by Bill’s Garage Tattoo Emporium. All fans receiving their permanent Bandit tattoos will be able to show their tattoo at the box office anytime during the remainder of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season for a free berm ticket at any home game. This promotion has previously garnered national attention from ESPN: The Magazine and over 70 fans participated in the first two seasons the promotion was presented. Now that’s loyalty!

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Kids Own Dads in Family Board Games?

You would think (and hope) that in a game like Monopoly, I would easily defeat my eight and 10-year-old sons simply based on real-world experience. Uhhhh…no.

A couple of weeks ago, Casey (the 10-year-old) defeated me, and today they both left me in the dust, Casey winning again basically by banking the game on Boardwalk! It’s a great thing (hey, they’re my boys and they’re wheeling and dealing real estate like Donald Trump!), ego-busting (they are 8 and 10, after all), and fun all at once.

The roll of the dice, let’s say, was not going my way!

So I’m opening up a survey here. Have you had similar experiences in a specific family board game? Have you never had the guts to talk about it? Here’s your chance to get it all out!

Please vote in the poll to the right or leave a comment below.

And I’m talking about legitimate beat downs here, not the type where you make a wink-wink, absent-minded mistake to allow them to win.

My son has beaten me twice in Monopoly. That is no longer a fluke, but a trend! I will chalk that up to him being a very smart kid – who needed help making change – and nothing else.

Please share your fun experiences with family board games, another great Dad-By-The-Hour activity!

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