I sat down with my 5-year-old son the other day as he was playing video games, and I was blown away by the tasks he was able to do!
The speed at which he was solving problems, and the creative solutions he was coming up with to do so, really impressed me. Not only was he better at most of the games than me — he was way better. In fact, it was as if the tables had turned, and he was teaching me.
The whole thing was awesome yet disconcerting at the same time. We all know video games often get a bad wrap. As a parent, I find it hard to watch my kid disappear into an imaginary world they can navigate and that I don’t understand.
It can be a hard thing for parents to see their kids disappear into imaginary worlds (and this is not just video games) especially when you don’t understand the world or realize that your kids are more proficient than you are at navigating it. Thus, it’s important to choose your kids’ games wisely while still keeping an open mind.
As my son led me through his beloved imaginary world, I marveled at the skills he was picking up while playing — math, logic, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills that will serve him well for his whole life. It’s not fair that we did not have games like this when we were kids!
I’m so glad to get to play with him now, and I was surprised at how much fun I had playing with him.
Apparently it’s not too late to learn a few new skills yourself. Here are some of the life skills kids (and parents too!) can learn or brush up on while playing video games.