When writing how to blogs, it only makes sense to write about topics where you, yourself have had off the charts success. Sometimes that means you have to go looking deep for your own successes.
I don’t want to come off self-righteous about how I’ve raised my children or brag about my parenting techniques, but out of raising 4 boys, they all are headed for a life of adult gaming.
You might wonder how can that be? Is it by chance, or possibly just elite gaming genes? No it’s not, it is well intended, research-based parenting strategies that I have implemented over the years without fail. Here are some tips for your family…
Whether you first invest in Playstation or Nintendo is not important. What is crucial is that you start them young. I went with an original NES system to get my boys comfortable with the controllers. These older systems have fewer buttons and are easier to manage. My son Jared(21years) still plays Contra on his old school NES. We also had a Sega Genesis which was great because you could subscribe to the Sega Channel, but that is long gone now. Then we went to a N64 and Playstation 2.
While these systems are great, you also want them to have the option of gaming while you are away from your home console. So for young gamers a Nintendo DS would work perfectly. My adult son now has a Nintendo Switch which he loves, but I think you can get away with a much cheaper handheld for the new gamer, plus the older DS’s have way more games to choose from.
Ipads and tablets are great too for instilling a love of gaming, but I wouldn’t forgo the console or computer games. This has always been a staple in our home and I stress that you need to start there. Also if homeschooling is an option, this will without fail help your future gamer get on the fast track to hard core gaming.
Unfortunately, you will need to invest time and money into your child’s gaming future. When my older boys were young I leveled up a gnome mage on World of Warcraft for an entire year, and she was pretty bad ass. This time spent gaming with your child is a great way to bond. It is also important to continually invest in new games to master. What your doing here is reinforcing the love of gaming with your time and money. It’s an investment in their future.
One key area that can’t be ignored in my strategy is to minimize the time spent outdoors. Looking back, this is one area where I could have been more committed and disciplined in my parenting. We were always going camping or taking family trips. I can’t help but feel as if maybe they could have been more, had we just stayed home.
I know these tips are not for everyone and my strategies may seem a bit unorthodox, but my success speaks for itself.
If you have any questions or need assistance implementing these parenting techniques please feel free to reach out to us, we are here to offer support for your future gamer.
Thanks for reading my quirky thoughts…
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