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Subject: Would you pay someone to teach your kids to play boardgames? rss

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Jennifer Derrick
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Apparently, according to this article, this is a thing.

http://qz.com/711720/i-hired-someone-to-teach-my-kids-how-to...

I don't have kids so I'm not the audience for the piece, but I cannot imagine paying someone ($340!) to teach them a board game.
 
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For the events run by stores, it sounds like an after-school program, which parents will certainly pay for. (That price sounds steep, but I don't live in NYC). edit: Thinking about this more, if my daughter asked to join a board game or rpg game "course" and I had the disposable income, I probably would be okay with it.

As far as in home specialists, I've never had problems teaching kids how to play games (mine as well as nieces, nephews, kids of friends, etc.) so I'm stumped.

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Sean Callahan
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Actually, My wife is currently doing just that. She is doing an after school program where she teaches the entire group of students one game with a projector, then oversees as they play it. Afterwards, if there is time, they go through a reflection session to get the kids to understand the choices they made and how it could possibly relate to real world decisions.

She does this for one school now, but we are hoping to expand to more schools in the district, and spread the benefits of gaming to those who may not have access to it otherwise.
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That was a fun read. I could never afford to pay $340 to teach my future children how to play games, but I definitely see the benefits in having a third party do it. And I agree, It builds a lot of skills that can't be taught in school.
 
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I fully plan on teaching my forthcoming child any board games they may be interested in.
I am sure this is a ways off though, still being in the womb.
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OxfordRow wrote:
I don't have kids so I'm not the audience for the piece, but I cannot imagine paying someone ($340!) to teach them a board game.


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$340 for a once-weekly session with other children for a semester
So what's a semester? About 15 weeks? So that's $22.67 a week. I'm betting you drop the kids off and pick them up after a couple of hours. Let's say 3 hours. That's about $7.56 per hour. It's a little pricey, but I could see someone paying that much in order to get a kid-free date-night dinner with their wife.
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If my child were a competition-level chess prodigy, I could definitely see paying an experienced grandmaster to cultivate that talent.

Otherwise, I dunno...
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Thunkd wrote:
OxfordRow wrote:
I don't have kids so I'm not the audience for the piece, but I cannot imagine paying someone ($340!) to teach them a board game.


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$340 for a once-weekly session with other children for a semester
So what's a semester? About 15 weeks? So that's $22.67 a week. I'm betting you drop the kids off and pick them up after a couple of hours. Let's say 3 hours. That's about $7.56 per hour. It's a little pricey, but I could see someone paying that much in order to get a kid-free date-night dinner with their wife.


Yes, I read it as per class. That read is pretty reasonable.
 
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I don't understand why the author calls board games RPGs throughout the article. Not being Monopoly does not make something an RPG.
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I could see paying for a course at a rec center or something like that as like a fun weekly afterschool activity if it's something they expressed interest in. I mean, it's not that different from little league sports or an afterschool club. You're getting supervision, an opportunity for kids to socialize with one another, and the club provides the games.

I could not see paying for in-home tutelage. Mostly because I'm often the primary boardgame teacher in my group so I'm accustomed to the teaching process. The main market for this is people who are occasional or non-gamers whose kids get super into it. I'm not in that category even a little bit.

My FLGS does a summer program where they teach popular kid-friendly games in-store. They offer it as like a free promotional thing to get people in the door. It's actually a really neat thing.
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I see a lot of value in the after school-style board game club, where not only are the kids learning to play board games, but learning to play them fairly while interacting with the other kids. (And out of your hair for an extra hour or so!) I'm not sure about the private tutor route that the author went for. But if you want to play games with your kids and you aren't a great instructor? Why not use a little more disposable income to make an activity that wasn't really working into something that can be a fun pasttime going forward.

I do feel like they could have gotten a roughly similar benefit by learning the games in a FLGS where the staff teaches games (Maybe this kind of store isn't easily accessible to this person or they don't know about it), or finding a good how to play on youtube instead of trying to parse the rulebook.
 
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OxfordRow wrote:
Apparently, according to this article, this is a thing.

http://qz.com/711720/i-hired-someone-to-teach-my-kids-how-to...

I don't have kids so I'm not the audience for the piece, but I cannot imagine paying someone ($340!) to teach them a board game.


Me neither.
 
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There's a crowd nearby that charges to teach your kids how to play Chess.

Their website was a riot. Each had written their own blurb and the one woman in the company spoke of her experience teaching and her approach to Chess in general. The guys all spoke of their Chess rating and mensa membership. Short of comparing dick sizes they couldn't have sounded much more foolish.

I recall it being quite expensive. Don't recall meeting anyone who had taken them up on it.

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$340 per semester for any quality after-school enrichment program is reasonable, at least by NYC standards. My co-teacher teaches a preschool art class that meets for 1 hour per week and costs well over $400 per semester.

I teach games on a very basic level in my preschool class of 4 yo's, most of whom never played a board game before. I introduced Sequence for Kids a few weeks ago and gently encouraged and explained best tactical moves. Most of the children caught on very quickly and loved it. Throughout the school year we'll progress through a range of games with increasing complexity and depth as they show interest and readiness.

I think this article highlighted extremely valuable skill acquisition for kids that, let's face it, many parents are unaware of or are unable to instruct. Or just couldn't/wouldn't find the time to initiate with their kids in the first place, sadly.
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Cosmonaut Zero wrote:
I could not see paying for in-home tutelage.

Yeah I agree, but the woman who wrote that article is known to be a bit of a 'parenting overachiever' in that respect. She blogs and runs Toys As Tools, which reviews educational toys and so-called productivity tools for kids. I'm sure she's not skipping any opportunity to give her kids advantages and boost their 'productivity'.
 
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I would love to be the person paid $340 to play games...

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My kids are basically my game group so, no, I wouldn't pay someone else to teach them.

That said, given how confused the author is about what an RPG is, it's probably best for her kids that a professional step in and teach them.
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bouchbre wrote:
My kids are basically my game group so, no, I wouldn't pay someone else to teach them.

That said, given how confused the author is about what an RPG is, it's probably best for her kids that a professional step in and teach them.


And that they are surprised that the kids eyes glaze over when the 'start reading the rulebook to them' I know as an adult that would put me to sleep.
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