Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? I know that I have been blessed with a very good memory and I can recall most of my childhood. With that in mind, I want to talk to you today about the benefits of letting your kids teach you to play.
The Adulthood Trap
What is the adulthood trap? Well that is the trap that we fall into when a kid wants to play a game with us and we either do not see the value in the game or claim that we don’t understand them.
First lets talk about the value in games. Often, and especially with younger kids, the games that they want to play offer little to no value to an adult playing the game. It is times like this that you need to remember that the value for you is the time spent bonding. I have a plethora of memories of playing games with family when I was young. These simple moments can and will live on with your kids for their entire lives.
Next up, I don’t understand these games. Very often I see this happen and unfortunately have even used it myself. This can happen very easily, especially when it comes to video, computer, and other electronic games. The best thing to do here is to ask your kids to help you learn how to play and just remember that the time spent with them will be cherished. I never thought I would figure out how to play the Guitar Hero video games, but my kids loved it and I let them guide me into learning how.
More Than Just Bonding
The most important reason to play with your kids is to have that time to bond with them. However, there are many other benefits available to your kids and yourself if you look for them.
One of the things that I have learned in life and by having three kids, is that sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Whenever we get a new player to a game, such as a friend or neighbor, I like to let the kids explain how to play. This really helps to reinforce the rules of the game in their mind along with a sense of know how or pride.
Also when you let the kids drive the games, you are teaching them how to communicate more effectively too. Make sure you ask questions about the rules or the strategies of the games and let them explain things to you. Think about this on an adult level – how beneficial would it be for your kids to be able to use these skills when they are older?
There are two important things to remember here about letting your kids take the wheel. The first is that these are memories that will last a lifetime with them, make them great ones! The second is to remember that these skills they are developing now will be boons for them later in life.
I would love to hear what you think about this subject and ask that you share with us in the comments below. Also it would be great if you could share any stories of how this happened in your life and what the benefits were. Looking forward to hearing from you!
James W D