The toughest thing about getting most children to do well in school is that the parents have to get them excited about learning. This is an incredibly mountainous task because when our children come home from school after showing dislike for the classroom environment or encountering conflict with other children, they will retreat into their own little world when they come home. This might mean that they spend hours on their games systems as a form of comfort, but rather than discourage this, it might benefit us all to know why gaming can be a very useful tool to help our children develop beyond standard education.
They Can Inspire
Games like Minecraft can inspire creativity and even something that doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of education in the traditional sense might spark your child’s imagination. You can always gear them towards more educational games if possible.
This make your own country game certainly goes beyond typical platform games, but if your child retreats into their own world, if you can slowly encourage them to retreat into a world that gives them a lot more food for thought, this can benefit them in the long run.
Games can be a gateway to culture where your kids can pick up a number of different experiences relating to language or cultures which can prepare them for learning in the future.
They Can Help With Problem-Solving
This is a commonly referred-to benefit of playing video games; as it forces us to learn how to create necessary solutions by accessing our innate creativity and logic this can help with problem-solving skills. Children can certainly get frustrated if they’re not able to progress to the next level, but this is where it benefits to show them how to break down a problem.
If they’re not able to defeat a boss, what is it that they’re falling flat on? Is it because your child has not learned the pattern of movement the boss is displaying at that point to expose their vulnerabilities?
You can then transfer this into the real world to help your children understand similar situations and apply previous methods of thinking to solve problems and help them to take each problem in their stride. We can all get frustrated if we’re not defeating a certain boss, which can also be a perfect opportunity to gain perspective.
They Help With Self-Awareness
If your child is retreating into a world of video games there’s a lot of benefits to playing video games over other approaches to downtime. If your child gets stressed you may encourage something like meditation or taking a break, but video games can be a more productive approach to downtime by helping your children learn new skills and work towards accomplishing tasks. This can help our kids to build more knowledge about themselves and you can encourage them to be well-rounded people in the future.
It’s not wasted time in the slightest. Ensuring that our kids get the benefits of video games can do a lot to give them a foundation in life, however, it is only one piece of the puzzle. We should ensure that they’re not glued to their screens!
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