Strategies for raising kids who video game
Three Pillars of Raising Kids Who Play Video Games
I feel confident that almost every parent wants to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids who are prepared for the future. The trouble is most parents I have spoken with feel like video games are on obstacle to those goals. And yet, those self-same parents continue to let their children play games.
If you are one of those parents, you should not feel guilty and with good reason. Changes in technology have created subtle, yet enormous shifts in how your children play, interact, and grow up. If you are frustrated with your child’s play, it is my sincere hope I can help.
Because there is good news. There is a gap between what science knows and what you practice may be larger than you think. Video games have the potential be a tool to help you achieve your parenting goals, but it is unlikely no-one has shown you how to use them that way. For example, it’s easy for an expert to tell you to limit your child’s screen time, but very few sources give you strategies to manage that outcome. It reminds me of Steve Martin’s old line in how to become a millionaire. “Step 1. Get a million dollars.”
I can’t promise to help you get a million dollars, but I do plan to share with your techniques (even if they are imperfect) for addressing the three challenges parents like you face in raising kids who game a lot. Namely.
What video gamers need to be healthy.
How to help your child develop better social emotional skills
What you can do to help make your child’s video gaming productive.
I think of it this way. I want to help you understand the latest drivers in childhood obesity and children’s health. Second, I want to help you build bridges into your child’s world so you can better relate to them and connect with them. And finally, I want to share with you how you can build a bridge from your child’s video game experience to their future.
Video games do not have to be a source of frustration and anxiety in your house. I can’t promise we can eliminate all frustration, but I believe together we can make it better for everyone. Video games have changed the game of parenting. It’s time someone showed you the new rules you’re playing by. Let’s get started, shall we?