The 7 parenting skills I developed by being a gamer

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I have been playing games for my entire life so far with no end in sight. Over the years of playing games, I have learned many things about myself and the way I experience media, as well as what genuinely affects me on an emotional level (among countless other things). I recently discussed the benefits kids acquire from playing games.

Now imagine my surprise when I realized all that time playing games has actually taught me to be a better parent. Crazy, eh?

Believe it or not, there are certain skills you can develop by being a member of the gaming culture at large. While not all of these develop strictly from playing games, per se; they are all interconnected and have developed in some way through the years due to my time with games and the culture. So, how can your game time now possibly translate to being an awesome parent later? Let’s find out!    

Published Jul. 20th 2015
  • Larry Johnson
    Since I was a parent before commercial video games were available, I missed out on this benefit, and used the free range chicken parenting method: feed the kids, be nice to them, and let them wander around. Your points are well taken, though, and if my fortysomething offspring, who are lifetime gamers, ever have children, I'll send them a link to this article.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    The free-range method is an interesting one. I can see some of the pros of trying that method.

    Glad you liked it!
    Thanks for reading!
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I swear, years of planning out optimal questing routes in MMOs/RPGs has made me a pro at planning the most time-efficient ways to get chores and tasks done. Such a useful skill!
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Make them grind for deserts!
  • Landon Sommer
    Teach kids about real life. Put XCOM on Ironman mode and then break the game and throw it away if they lose.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    I think XCOM on Ironman is punishment enough no?
  • IntCel
    You mean.... just like you don't send your Pokemon with low health at a crocodile, you don't do that with your kids either?
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Wait. Is that how you treat Pokemon?
    That explains a lot.....

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