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11 Signs That You're a Gamer Mom

Confession: I’m a gamer. I’m not some dude playing too much World of Warcraft in his mom’s basement. For starters, I’m the mom, so it’s my basement.

But also, with four kids ages 6 to 11, we don’t have any scary or violent games in the house. But we do have lots of super-fun games that I like just as much as the kids do. So I’m not a gamer in the Call of Duty, Black Ops, or Halo sense of the word. I’m more of a gamer in the Dance Central, Kinect Sports, and Lego Batman sort of way.

I’m a Gamer Mom.

I’d rather play games with my kids (or even by myself) than watch television. I’d rather rack up points than hang up laundry. I’d rather break a sweat playing Quidditch on Harry Potter for Kinect than go to the gym.

Sure, sometimes there’s that awkward moment when I’ve realized it’s 1 a.m. and I’m still up, trying to get that last canister in Lego Star Wars. And it’s not like Princess Leia is going to get up and make the kids’ lunches in the morning. But I know I’m not the only Gamer Mom out there.

Check out these 11 signs that you, too, may be a Gamer Mom!


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    11 Signs That You're a Gamer Mom
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    You can't get "S.I.M.P. Squirrels in My Pants" out of your head due to hours of playing Just Dance Disney Party.

    (Photo Credit: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/JD-Disney-Party/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802555308b3">Xbox.com
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    Number 10
    You can only play split-screen games with the kids, otherwise they just slow you down.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
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    Number 9
    You cloth diaper your baby in this.

    (Available on Etsy, $17)
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    Number 8
    You have ever, even once, screamed "IN YOUR FACE!" at your kid after winning at Kinect Adventures!.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
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    Number 7
    Instead of a stick figure family on the back of your car, you have Mario characters.

    (Available at Etsy, $10)
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    You've ever had "the talk" with your kids...about their poor gaming skills.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
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    When someone says they're going to dress their baby in a creeper, you assume they mean Minecraft.

    (Photo Credits: iStockphoto / Reddit)
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    You can't wait for the kids to go to sleep so you and your husband can have a nice romantic night ski run on Kinect Sports Season Two.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
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    On Facebook, you share more screenshots of your high scores than you do photos of your kids.

    (Dance Central 3 Screencap: Xbox. Additional nonsense by Joslyn Gray for Strollerderby.)
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    Number 2
    The advice you always give new moms: Invest in a good breastfeeding pillow. It really frees up your hands so you can play video games.

    (Breastfeeding pillow cover available at Etsy, $18)
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    That moment you realize the kids are reading quietly, and you're still playing.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

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Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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