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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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