The 7 parenting skills I developed by being a gamer

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Patience is a Virtue

One of the most important qualities you can have as a parent is patience, especially with younger children. Kids are curious and will get into EVERYTHING. It’s just a fact of life. You can turn your back for an instant and turn around to discover your child has fingerpainted animals on all of your walls. While kids will always do things they are not supposed to and they will disobey, we still must remain patient with them.

Anyone who has played any game has had to learn patience. Those of us who grew up playing the frustratingly difficult games of the NES generation know what I mean. Most games require some degree of patience in order to be successful. Players who are fans of notoriously difficult games such as Super Meat Boy and the Souls series, among many others, are well acquainted with our friend patience. Now if you are constantly breaking your controller in frustration, you might want to work on that… 

Published Jul. 20th 2015
  • Larry Johnson
    Contributor
    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
    Contributor
    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
    Columnist
    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
    Contributor
    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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