Marc: unlike her mother, I let her win everything.
I was a 40 year old father, so doting and spoiling is all I know.
Like most children she cannot abide losing(or not winning) and I cannot abide her crying.
It is a win win!
Yes, a friend of mine once told me that, when she used to play Settlers of Cataan with her kids, she’d sometimes introduce a “well, let’s pretend the thief didn’t really steal your money” rule exception, for the same reason you state.
You’ll know your kid has really grown up when, some number of years from now, she puts a little black flag on the A&A table at the start of a game to signify that she will give you no quarter and that she genuinely expects none in return. And by then, she’ll probably be good enough at the game to give you a real run for your money.