Parents can candy-coat it when they’re kicking their kid’s miniature butt in a game, to make them feel better and offer an emotional trophy for trying.
Buck up, little champ, straight A’s for effort! You lost the battle but not the war! It’s always darkest before the dawn!
Pffft! Kids know when they’re being vanquished. They’re surprisingly perceptive for people who occasionally don’t seem aware that they’re pissing themselves.
So, maybe it’s best to just give it to them straight. Between the eyes. Like Daddy Vader.
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