As a parent, I understand the importance of connecting to my children through the things they love. When I dance with my daughter or throw the ball with my son they know daddy loves them and is present. The struggle comes when they are into something I do not know much about. However, it is also a great opportunity to show them just how much I care.
I played soccer growing up. I started in the 3rd grade and played through high school. My parents did not know much about it. My dad wanted to learn, though, so he joined a team and played for a season. That one gesture meant the world to me. It told me he loved me more than words ever could. He was willing to get out of his comfort zone to better understand something that meant so much to me. It is one of the many reasons my dad is my hero.
If you have a teenager, they probably play video games. Video games offer an amazing opportunity to connect that other forms of media just canā€™t match. Unlike movies, TV, or book, video games require active participation. Video games can weave themselves into the story of your family. You will remember when you and your teenager finally figured out that difficult puzzle in Portal 2 or barely lost to him on that Hail Mary pass in Madden.
However, video games can be intimidating. I have been a gamer for nearly 30 years and I STILL get intimidated getting into a new game other have be playing for a while. That is why I wrote Connecting with Your Teenager through Video Games. I want to provide a basis for parents to begin to understand video games. My goal with this e-book is to equip you to:
- Talk about the games your teenager is playing
- Learn to play with him/her through “starter”¯ games
- Find videos and stream to watch with him/her
- Evaluate the content of games
- Buy a game for him/her with confidence
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