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I really enjoyed watching this video, I hope a lot of people learn from this. Kids need to know their parents care about them, and this is a really important area to some kids. Any of you guys have any thoughts?
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As great as games are, when it's nice outside I kick their butts outisde and friends take priority and if they misbehave, video games are the first privilege lost.
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It has also taught them situational strategy, and opponent tendencies. They know on 3 and 1 I like to pound the rock right up the middle. So it makes me shift my strategies since they know the plays I like to call in certain situations. The reverse is true, they have learned to adapt what they do because I can counteract it. All in all it is a lot of fun. As a parent I am proud when they can beat me without my slacking off (letting them win).
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The kids are now almost 25, 23, and 19. We are very close. I am glad that we didn't play the worst games out there. I'm not old enough to play mature rated games. But I am very glad that we did play. We gained a lot from the experiences.
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If you show that you can set a limit and stick to it is helps them learn to understand that that is how gaming should be done, and they can then (hopefully) control the potential for addiction.
Also if you are playing with the kids and are summoned to do another job by Spouse, Friend, etc. and you can immediately shut it off if needed or explain that you need a minute to find a save point, this can help the kids learn that gaming is secondary to the real world - even if it is often more fun that the real world.
It also allows you to show them to take breaks to eat, drink and care for their posture, etc.
Teaching boundaries around games and how they fit in a healthy life is really important in my opinion.
Also like Wisteriawillows said - good for helping cope with the frustration of not always winning and dealing with annoying people online.
Also it can be heaps of fun to problem solve together and just muck around - especially in rainy weather.
In general there are heaps of benefits to play with kids, and it is a lot of fun.
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