Cole is not a gracious loser at all. I'm pretty sure he gets that from John who thinks losing is for the weak. (Remember, all your children's bad habits come from your spouse.) All games start out fun, but the moment Cole thinks that he might not win, all hell can break lose. It's like Lou Pinella-style freaking out at times.
So tonight, I let Cole know that I love him by letting him win. Now granted, he doesn't realize that I do this, but the excitement on his little face when he wins is just priceless. I'll admit, it's not all that difficult to "cheat" at Candyland, hence the ease of letting him win on the sly.
I'm sure in a few years, I'll have to give up and start teaching him to be a gracious loser, but for now, I'd rather see that happy face when he reaches the finish line as a winner. Of course, I may want to start working on him being a gracious winner soon. He certainly loves to flaunt his victory, but it's fun nonetheless.