They say that if you can’t beat them then join them. That sage advice works wonders when it comes to video games. Usually kids are playing with friends or by themselves in their rooms. Get them up and moving with more active video game consoles.
If you let a kid sit in his room and play video games, he will hibernate. He’s not a bear and his body won’t digest the fat to survive. Allowing your kids to play video games is not wrong but stay involved so that you can keep them from being a detriment to his health.
Adults play video games almost as much as kids so it won’t seem odd to ask them to play a game with you. As much fun as it is sitting cross legged in the floor with a controller, suggest a game that gets them moving around a bit more while they play.
One solution is the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo has attempted to resurrect virtual reality play on a large scale (with great success) for the gamer and those who don’t really play video games that much. Just the fact that you can control the movement of the characters in the games with your body is enough to get anyone into the game.
The more popular games on the Wii game system are ones that allow multiple players. Try out Mario vs. Sonic. It is a series of Olympic competitions played with the characters from both video games. You and your kids can choose your character and compete in swimming relays, running races, field events like the long jump and high jump and others. You’ll laugh at the movements you make in order to get your character to win. Most of all, your family will get some exercise without even knowing it.
Playing video games with your kids does two things. First, it lets you bond with them using the game to spend quality time getting to know them. Secondly, you can see what types of games your kids are interested in playing and make sure they are appropriate for their age group.
There are a lot of things that kids don’t want their parents to do with them and play video games isn’t one of them. The kids will welcome your competition. And, they get the heart pumping and the blood flowing.
The Wii gaming system has several video games to choose from. Find on that you both like to play. Be sure to have at least two controllers so that family members can challenge each other.
If your kids won’t go outside and play, bring the action to them with an interactive gaming system such as the Nintendo Wii.