My younger son enjoys puzzles of all kinds and prefers to observe first before allowing himself to do something. He sat on my lap at class for a few weeks watching his brother before he could no longer contain himself and shouted out the answer to a chess puzzle. The standard 1 to 2-hour games appeal to the creativity that chess breeds, allowing him to consider many options. And FMCA gentle but firm approach embracing both winning AND losing have helped him cope with the enormous pressure he puts on himself – developing a resilience to mistakes and gradually building a confidence built on reality.
As a parent and as a Coach at the FMCA academy, I get enormous satisfaction out of seeing the real-time development all the students make. Parents do not have to be chess masters to see ways of thinking that will help their children approach the game better and, as a result, life better