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Minecraft – Tips for Parenting Gamers

 

My kids love Minecraft. As most of you, I have mixed feelings about gaming. I enjoy watching them discover, build, and learn how to play in another world. Let’s face it: it’s FUN!

I also can see the objections that some parents have to gaming in general. It can be a distraction, substitute their outdoor play, detract from homework and other home activities. I think, we all want our kids to learn responsibility, and all those home chores and activities are an important part of that process.

We’ve put a lot of thought into how we can make sure that playing Minecraft does not become a problem. And, here are a few tips…

  1. All homework must be done before Minecraft play.
  2. Assigned daily reading must be complete, before Minecraft play.
  3. Outdoor activity is also important, before Minecraft.
  4. Also encourage other learning aspects of Minecraft: books, drawing, maps, math, mythology, etc.
  5. Check in. Make sure you know what the kids are doing (and learning) in their Minecraft gaming.

Minecraft really has become a wonderful learning experience, as they explore architectural aspects, reading about the game, and developing their own storylines.

Here are just a few of the Minecraft books that the boys read and enjoy!

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Minecraft Books

Minecraft is one of the most popular cross-platform games for players of all ages and level of experiences.

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Minecraft Books | Ultimate Book of Secrets

This bestseller is a great resource for the Minecraft gamer--you'll find secrets, tips and great info in this invaluable resource. This book is designed to help you discover secrets you couldn't imagine before. You'll become (even more of) a pro in Minecraft! Master your game right now!

Dec 12, 2014 - amazon.com - 49
Minecraft Books | Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection

Each handbook contains helpful tips and information from the creators themselves. The details are vital to your survival and creativity as you learn to mine, craft, and build in a world that you control. For the first time ever, Minecraft's four bestselling handbooks are available in a stunning, gold-foiled boxed set! This ultimate collection includes: The Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook. It's a brave new world!

Dec 14, 2014 - amazon.com - 45
Minecraft Books | Ultimate Survival Book Minecraft: All-In-One Minecraft Survival Guide. Unbelievable Survival Secrets, Guides, Tips an...

The Minecraft Ultimate Survival Book helps you unlock your creative abilities. Explore and the wonders and possibilities of the Minecraft realms. Minecraft gamers will be experts before they know it, with this easy-to-read guide. Explore all the cool Minecraft features!

Dec 14, 2014 - amazon.com - 45
Minecraft Books | Book of House Design for Minecraft: Gorgeous Book of Minecraft House Designs. Interior & Exterior. All-In-One Catalog...

Building is a centerpoint of Minecraft gaming. This popular book is an all-in-one catalog, but it also walks you through via step-by-step guides. Build mansions, high-tech construction and spectacular house ideas.

Dec 14, 2014 - amazon.com - 55
Minecraft Books | Minecraft: Ultimate Farming Guide: Master Farming in Minecraft - Create XP Farms, Plant Farms, Resource Farms, Ranche...

Farming is another fun (and educational) part of Minecraft. With this guide, you'll become a "master farmer!

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