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By Jeanette Lee
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Q. I want to introduce my 7-year-old daughter to pool, but I want to wait until she can really enjoy it. Should I let her come to the game out of natural curiosity?
M. Burns; Tallahassee, Fla.

A. I believe children should be introduced to the game as early as possible. I introduced my daughter Cheyenne to it as an infant. We rolled pool balls around on the carpet, rolling them back and forth and eventually into each other. She has a step stool that she has used to play on the pool table since she was about 3. Now she's 6 and she loves it. The important thing is to make it fun for your daughter; show her that you are really interested, which makes her more interested. You can set up balls in front of the pockets and see how many tries it takes her to make all the balls. Dead-ball combinations are also great for kids, so all your daughter has to do is hit it and it goes in. It's fun to pocket the balls. After doing this with Cheyenne, she now relates pool to having tons of fun. With kids, it's all about the experience, and your daughter will have a great memory of sharing something special with her father