I am a parent and I am also a gamer. I grew up in the golden age of video games, but when I was a kid older people would say things like “games rot your brain”, “games are bad for you” and so on. No that playing video games is more main stream you would think this attitude is gone, but it’s still here. Well I can tell you that video games are not only a great deal of fun for your child, but they also have so many other benefits that I want to list here today. I honestly think that playing a video game is just as “educational” for a child as reading a book or watching TV is. Here are a few of the reasons as to why video games are good for your kids.
Video Games With Text Boxes Help Kids Learn To Read
I have said in many articles before how the video game, The Legend Of Zelda: The Skyward Sword, was essential in not only teaching my son to read, but making him really want to be able to read. While many video games do have voice acting these days, many of them still have pages and pages of text that your child has to read. In many cases I would bet that some video games require just as much reading as a book.
Playing Video Games Makes Kids Solve Problems
This is one thing that video games do not get the credit they deserve for! To some video games are just about killing people. To me this is just a very ignorant assumption. Certain video games require your child to actually think about what they are doing and why they are doing it. It can be something like having to match a certain object. Or maybe they will have to find something and use some problem solving to do so. The fact is modern video games require your child to use their brain in a positive way. Now there are many mindless games that are just about shooting people, but do a little research and find what games will make your child have to think before they act.
Playing Video Games Gives To Your Kid Hand-Eye Coordination & Quick Reflexes
You can always tell as soon as a person picks up a video game controller, if they are a gamer or not. The way you know is if they spend as much time looking at the controller as they do the screen. You see, video games require some serious hand-eye coordination and fast reflexes. Your child needs to be able to think, press the right buttons and then move on. The whole process of playing a video game is just so complex that your child is getting a pretty strenuous mental work out. You will also find that the more they play video games, the more they are better at holding things like scissors, glue, play-doh and other creative type things that they need to use their hands for.
You Can Bond With Your Child Through Playing Video Game
Now me and my kids do not just sit on the bed and play video games all weekend. We love to do other stuff and I have a ton of great memories, but my memory of beating the video game, Lego Batman 2 with my son is just as sentimental to me as our family vacation to Spain last year. Sitting side by side trying to beat a game or playing against each other is just such a great feeling.
Playing Video Game Can Bond Siblings
As well as making parents and children bond, video games also serve as a great way to get siblings to work together. Now there are a ton of games where they compete against each other, but I am talking about games where they need to work together in order to complete the game. Skylanders, Lego Games and Disney Infinity are just a few games where your kids can work together in order to beat the game.
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