THE DAD BEAT

Harry de Quet­teville’s tales from the fa­ther­hood front line

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - GAMES -

So yes, last week’s happy Hubris was in­deed duly fol­lowed by swift-footed Neme­sis, though the aveng­ing god­dess took the form of a house­hold-wide lurgy, many days off school and much knock-on parental plate spin­ning, rather than a flock of leath­ery-winged harpies snatch­ing the food from our mouths – though that’s surely only a mat­ter of time.

“You must keep them in while they get on top of the in­fec­tion,” the doc­tor said.

Shud­der. Er… Doc­tor? We are talk­ing about small boys here. Might as well sug­gest re­strain­ing a husky team in a snow­storm. But, du­ti­fully, we tried, for one day at least: last Sun­day.

There was telly, obvs. As a rule, though, we try to keep daily gog­gle hours in the sin­gle fig­ures. So out came the board games: the good ones, which are sim­ple and in­volve driv­ing fam­i­lies to the brink of emo­tional rup­ture through con­stant cack­ling be­trayal (viz Ludo, Cop­pit); and the bad ones – every­thing else – whose in­struc­tions come in sev­eral vol­umes.

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