Friday, November 2, 2012

Getting Started

Many moms that I talk to say that they really don't get into Video Games.  Those games are something that are completely foreign to them.  The kids may love the games but the moms have no interest. They don't understand how all the buttons work on the controllers and the games can seem confusing.

In this case we need to stop looking at video games as something that our kids do and that we don't understand.  

Think of Video Games as conversation starters.  

You don't have to like every game your child enjoys but you can sit with them on the couch while they play.   You can read a book, knit, or do crossword puzzles while they play the game but every now and then you can talk about the game.

If you don't know how to play then set up some time to have your child teach you about their favorite game.

Take turns playing your favorite games.  Choose a game that you do like and take turns playing something you enjoy with the games that your kids love.  We started out playing Wii Sports Resort (parent favorite) and Super Smash Brothers Brawl (kid favorite).  Now that the kids are older we take turns playing Gran Turismo (dad favorite) and Halo (older boys favorite).  And now and then we even find games that we all like!

When you are playing these games, or even just sitting with your kids while they play, conversations begin to happen and you can learn more about your kid than if you sat them down at the table and plied them with chocolate chip cookies and milk.

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