Many parents have come under criticism in the last few years for using iPhones and iPads as “parenting devices”, allowing their children to engross themselves in the games and functions of the phone so that they don’t have to deal with them for a while. However, video games in parenting may have another function.
According to the magazine Consumer Report, video games can be used just as much as a communication aid as they can an electronic babysitter. And, with more millennials and gamers becoming parents all the time, there’s never been a better time for parents to connect with their children better by introducing them to video games.
With the large amount of child-friendly games out there, plus family-oriented consoles like the Nintendo Switch, many kids are likely going to want some form of video game this holiday season. Whether it’s sharing the experience of Pokemon with a kid, or walking them through one of your favorite old RPGs, parents, especially parents that play a lot of video games, have an untapped well of possible connection with their kids.
While there’s still the fact that you’ll likely have to remind your kid to put the game down at meals or send them to bed because no they can’t play one more level, and letting them know that they’ve been playing for a long time and should go do something else, and especially the ratings, having video games in parenting will at least help parents to relate to their children more, as opposed to the eternally out-of-touch “How do you do, fellow kids?” sort of stereotype that sitcoms often promote.
Including video games in parenting can also help kids gain better hand-eye coordination, and more familiarity with the rapidly changing world of the 21st century, where more and more technology is being created with each passing year.