NEW DADS: CAN YOU STILL GAME?
Video games have been a part of home life since the Nintendo Entertainment System became ubiquitous in the 1980s. Generation upon generation has grown up playing “Mario Bros.” or, more recently, “Call of Duty.”
But things change. You get older. You have kids. And although a video gaming hobby can survive and thrive in fatherhood, you might have to find something that works best for you and your family.
If you find the days of playing “Grand Theft Auto” all night becoming more and more scarce, that doesn’t mean the party’s over, but it's probably about time you start thinking about the games both you and your kids can play. In fact, there are whole YOUTUBE CHANNELS DEDICATED TO FATHERS AND SONS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES after all.
So how do you unlock the achievement for being a strong father and a gamer? Like parenting in general; the trick is meeting the kids where they’re at. Does your little girl like to dance? There’s a game for that. Your son is a builder? There’s a game for that, too.
So quit honking your car horn at the pretty lady on GTA, and hand your kid a controller. Here’s our guide to having fun with a little one on the couch next to you...