I live in a video game fueled house. It’s true that we live in a digital age, and I’m fairly certain my family takes advantage of that. And here is why I don’t mind. It is true I sometimes wish we were raising our kids in a neighborhood like I grew up in, but we’re not and that is okay. Again, here is why. Pop culture, the digital age, all the electronics that people tell me my kids spend too much time on, well they are enriching my children’s life. And I don’t care if you don’t believe me.
In our house we have two phones (adults) two computers, one sad old tablet (nook), a PS3 and a PS4. And despite all that, I still have healthy active kids. How is that possible you ask? Isn’t all that electronics killing their little souls? No. No it’s not. And I’m actually quite sick of people saying it is. My kid play outside. They run. The play in the creek. They pick wild blackberries, and cultivated blueberries. They climb trees. They use their imagination to make me soup out of leaves (uh..yum?) and then when they are tired and worn out, they come inside and kill Orcs. I touched on it a little last week, but my oldest is a natural video game player. Seriously, at 7 she is amazing. Which means she is a great problem solver. And a pretty brilliant strategist, as well as an accomplished engineer. I thank Lego Hobbit, Skylanders and Minecraft for that. She’s also highly empathetic which comes across when she plays Ori and The Blind Forest.
My youngest is 3 and is learning to read on ABC mouse. I’m not saying I couldn’t teach her without my computer, I could, but this is helping and she loves it. She’s engaged. She doesn’t lose her interest as easily as she did when it was just her and me and a book. But here’s the thing, despite all the electronics. My girls are still book girls. Oldest reads a bedtime story to her sister every night. At any given point I can walk into the playroom and find them curled up on the giant poof looking at books together. So if this is true for my kids, and most likely other kids as well, why is there so much hate for video games? At what point did it become: video games are the most evil thing in the world, and if you let your kids play them too much it makes them stupid? I seriously don’t understand. If you have an answer for me, I’ll be killing Orcs with my oldest 🙂