I will admit that I have never been a huge fan of video games. After going through a brief Atari-induced Frogger obsession in the 1980s and diligently creating a farm on Farmville a few years ago, I realized how easy it is to become all-consumed by games.
I even went so far as to declare that my kids would never play video games, but I soon realized that was pretty futile and decided to just focus on moderation.
A few weeks ago, my 9-year-old son asked me to download a game so we could play against each other. I told him I would rather spend our time tossing a football or talking about our day instead of glued to a screen.
But then a few days later, I listened to my son and his friend have a lively conversation while playing on the computer together. And later that evening, I watched my husband and son cheer and talk trash while they played against each other on their iPads.
When they were still talking about the game and their strategies for the rematch at breakfast the next morning, I realized something. Kids today interact through technology, and I was one the missing out on time with my son by refusing.
So tonight, I am going to get him to download his favorite game for me and teach me how to play. While I am pretty sure the odds of winning are stacked against me, I am actually looking forward to becoming a “gamer.”