I quickly grabbed some ships and showed him some alternative deployments being careful to keep them constructive and light-hearted.
Although my kids are still learning the game and developing their skills, they often fall into the trap of just lining up from one another and throwing dice. This isn't a bad way to start out learning, but it quickly degrades into who has the better ships in terms of hull points and red dice. Highlighting this fact with my son I set about demonstrating how he would have been able to set-up splitting his forces on the flanks which would force his brother to react to one of his flanks. This not only forces his opponent to make the choice to allow a ship to get behind him, he won't be taking any more damage anyway in the initial pass as everyone knows according to my golden rules of X-Wing, you only focus on a single target until it is dead.
Although there isn't anything ground breaking new in this blog post, it is often easy to overlook the simple game play tactics that can give you that extra round or two of shooting. For me as a player, I always find myself learning something when watching my kids play, as a parent, it is fascinating to watch them grow into gamers and their skill sets develop.