As mothers day approaches I want to share with you what it is like being a rather ‘alternative’ mother.
Firstly, I play video games with my kids. In fact, it was one of the first things they knew. Whilst breastfeeding I was grinding mats on Everquest 2, playing Dragon Ball Z with Wii-controllers while bouncing a baby to sleep and up late playing copious amounts of Supreme Commander 2 when she just needed to be held. Toddlers were harder to please, but I let them hold controllers and pretend they were helping me play. Now my two children are 10 and 11 years old and things have become much more fun over the years. We talk strategy, we play games together, we bond. I’d like to think of myself as a cool mum, but there are many ‘specialists’ out there who think I’ve got it all wrong. Regardless of public opinion on screen time, I’ve helped teach my children valuable lessons through gaming: problem solving, teamwork and even reading and writing skills. As a self professed ‘tech head’, I’ve sourced all the best educational both intentional and incidental games and programs. Most of the other parents I know don’t have that on me, regardless of how perfect their dinner parties are.