This week we chatted with 2 dads and a mom about video games. Do you let your kids play? If so, what kind is acceptable and at what age? Can they play alone or only as a family? This is a hot topic, people!
Three Parents Talk is our brand spankin’ new series where we talk to (you guessed it!) a trio of moms and dads with diverse parenting styles about some of the significant and often hilarious issues we face on this wild and crazy ride called parenthood.
I grew up using my imagination—exploring the woods behind my house, building things and reading way more than playing video games. In fact, if I try to play now as an adult I just find them frustrating and incredibly boring. I mean don’t get me wrong, I can binge watch a Netflix series like nobody’s business, but video games have zero appeal to me and honestly, I hope my son isn’t interested either.
“I’m fine with educational, brain-building games as long as my son doesn’t spend hours playing them. I think 20 minutes here and there to learn is okay. Plus, it’s a lifesaver while travelling! What I’m not okay with though are violent video games. Shooting, killing, all that stuff. No way. I will fight tooth and nail when my son is older to keep him away from games like that, I don’t care if his friends think that’s ‘lame’”.
—Peter, dad of 1
“My 7-year-old is very affected by video games so we try to limit his exposure. My 15-year-old on the other hand is a history buff and very into WWII games. He’s busy though, with track and clarinet, plus we only have one TV in our small NYC apartment so I’m not concerned because there’s really very little actual time to play.”
—Josh, dad of 2
“I am pretty much 100% against kids playing video games until they’re maybe 10— at the very earliest. But even then, I’ll try to restrict it completely bc that sh*t is addicting! I would be okay with getting a Nintendo switch that we hook up to our TV and play as a family, maybe when the kids are 4 and 6. But, right now I’m anti video games on any devices and want to carefully regulate any video games they play as they get older.”
—Lauren, mom of 2