POST BY GEEKY MOMMY
These are 3 of our 4 geeky kids!
Ok, so thats not them!
It could be them!
You see 3 of our 4 children currently play Minecraft. Yes, they are homeschooled because we just that big of geeks that we love learning and love sharing that with the little geeklings. The other reason could be that we are a military family and move a decillion times and their education we believe would be in tatters! Don’t worry about their socialization, if your a real geek too you will know better than to believe such homeschooling myths. Your better than that right?
So your children play Minecraft, possibly a lot, and maybe you don’t play it with them. I am here to tell you that as a parent, you should. I am not saying play all the time because no adult who does anything at all can keep up with how much most little geeks play. You should though at least try.
I know, I know, the graphics are terrible, they almost make Atri look epic. (Don’t argue with me on this!) The first two times I looked at the game I was turned off by the graphics. I couldn’t wrap my head around why anyone would be playing such a game when there are games like Never Winter. I however was wrong (and I am girl enough to admit it too!)
We bought an account for my husband and our at the time 7 year old son, and before I knew it they loved it, and then we had to get an account for our teen daughter, and our then 5 year old daughter and of course I joined in too. Why? Because they are only young so long and what they enjoy I want to try and understand better and support.
So that is reason #1, play to understand your child’s interest and #2, please to support their interests!
Reason #3 is because playing together is family time and strong family bonds are known to promote independence in adulthood! (source study University of Haifa)
Reason #4 is that you will learn from your child, this aids in building confidence.
Reason #5 is that it can be a lot of fun! Or least funny! The above image is of the house the 8 and 6 year olds built together. It even has a mailbox! They put up a fence around it but didn’t light things up enough so when I want walking by I got to giggle at 3 little zombies trying to break into their house! It reminded me of them. I knew soon as my 6 year old daughter would see them that she would try something or other to keep them as pets…. Yes, she tries everything she can to make monsters into pets and it is some how adorable, though also some times deadly.
These are just a few of the reasons to get down to learning how to play minecraft with your kids. More to come!
I hope you enjoy this new little blog as our family shares our little geeky side with the web!