Fun Secrets for the Video Gaming Family


video gaming kidThe day Daylight Savings Time ends in America is the moment every parent fears. That one hour may not seem like much to the lawmakers who crafted this time change plan, but when you're a parent with a kid who jumps off a school bus full of energy that needs to be burned off, every precious second of sun counts. It's enough to make me want to blow my "no new toys before the holidays are here" rule so she has something to do!

OK, let me back up. Like 65 percent of American households, ours is a video gaming family. And the advent of game systems that get kids off the couch and moving are a lifesaver when it's raining, cold, or the sky has darkened before she's even finished filling out her homework sheets.

The era of couch potato gamers is dead. Today kids jump, twirl, dance, and do a little yoga. So when we can't send our daughter outside to play in the fresh air, all it takes to fight childhood obesity and get her wiggles out is to turn on the TV and power up something that lets her box or bowl or pretend to be a skier (without actually leaving the house). Even the handheld gaming systems can be played while a kid paces around the house, burning off some of that energy. Gaming is now a bona fide healthy habit for families.

Only trouble is, one of our game systems just died an unnaturally early death. It's past the warranty date, so we can't get it repaired. And we're just about to bid bye-bye to the "after school" outside fun hour.

We need an outlet for her energy, stat! But I'm wondering if buying a new game system right now is really that wise.

We have just under two months until we go into debt pile presents under the tree. Buy her something now -- whether it's a new system or something really cool for the other system (we have one that still works, but it's more Daddy's than hers) -- and that means we miss out on the potential of mega savings on Black Friday.

Not to mention the really cool games are usually released in November and December for the holiday rush, but word has it they're put on sale in January or February. If we wait to buy the new system for the holiday (taking advantage of those savings), we won't be sick of the one or two original games by the time the good stuff goes on sale.

I think the frugal mom side of me is going to win here. How about you? Are you a video gaming family? Will the kids get a new game system any time soon?


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Mrs.C... Mrs.Crain

My DD is only 3, and she already loves video games and computer games. For Christmas tho, I was entertaining the idea of buying DH something gaming related.

iam4you2 iam4you2

We are a gaming family! My husband and kids just got a new Playstation 3. My oldest son is getting a Ninetendo 3DS for Christmas. 

Lotus... LotusMoonflower

We're gamers, too. Our Wii is one of the best things that could've happened to us. Not only has it helped is physically, but it's really helped us as a family. The family that gamws together, stays together.

craft... craftycatVT

My family loves Wii Party! Up to four people can play.

Bmat Bmat

We haven't done video games yet. I'd say take your children to a college or gym pool that is open in the evenings and let them get some good exercise there.

momav... momavanessa

We have a Wii and an Xbox 360 but only my husband and I play them. Our kids play with toys and run around like they are suppose to! We play the games after the kids go to bed and only a few times a week.

momka... momkaribg

We have a wii, PS3, xbox, and a ds. My DH and Son loves them, me not so much.

malex... malexander2009

We do want a wii because it is fun for all of us.

elasmimi elasmimi

We are a computer gaming family. My 5 y/o has one of those bike things, a DS1, has lost two Leapsters. and wii games, but she likes playing on the computer. Mostly educational games, some coloring, but she burns off enough energy to avoid any hint of obesity. Unfortunately, my husband and I do not.

jessi... jessicasmom1

We are computer and gamers here , but not solely... enough exercise in a day

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