A Nintendo Survey of Parents

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!
I was scrolling through Nintendo’s blog yesterday and noticed something interesting. They surveyed parents and apparently the majority of them said they don’t have enough time to play with their kids.
I’m a preschool teacher in a special education classroom. I’ve met a wide variety of parents. Good ones, bad ones, smart ones, stupid ones, lazy ones, the list goes on.
Here is the survey that My Nintendo News posted:
Nintendo Parent Survey
I don’t know how many of our followers are parents, but look at the 52% and the 31%. Playing a family game is “too stressful” because not everyone can agree on the same game. And, “kids argue over whose turn it is.” Um, really?
I think people overthink things way too much. Kids are going to argue and always want to be first. There are so many easy ways to deal with that.
The point of Nintendo posting this was because they were promoting Mario Party Star Rush and saying that it’s great family fun for everyone. This is Nintendo’s way of saying that parents should play video games with their kids.
I agree with Nintendo, though. While I don’t think kids should be playing video games 24/7 (even though I would like to), playing video games is a really great way to bond with the family.
Kris got into video games because of our uncle. I grew up watching the both of them play.
I remember playing the old school Super Mario Bros. games with Kris and our other older sister. We had so much fun together.
I remember playing Goof Troop on the Super Nintendo with my dad, even though he had no idea what he was doing.
Our sister and parents grew out of it, unlike Kris and me, but when the Wii came out, we made our parents play Wii Sports with us. They had a lot of fun. We’ve all played Just Dance together.
So, while playing board games, watching TV, going for walks, or playing catch in the backyard is a wonderful thing, I do agree that playing video games together is great family fun.
Either way, you’re making memories.
Have you ever played video games with your parents or other members in your family now or when you were a kid?

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  1. We played games with our parents as well and like yourself by the time the Wii came around, our parents didn’t really play with us anymore unless it was Wii Sports. It’s sad that parents don’t make enough time for their kids. It’s a sign of the times I’m afraid.

    1. My parents don’t really like the motion controls. They get dizzy and stuff so that’s why they don’t play as often, lol.
      But I agree, the times have changed. I wonder why, though? It is really sad.

      1. Motion controls certainly can be a bit disorienting at times. Everyone is working longer hours I suppose to provide for themselves or their families. That being said, when families do come together to play games it creates a fun and lifelong special bonding experience.

  2. I played a lot of games with my sister when I was little, mostly 2-player co-op games. Now I play a lot of those games with my wife. I never really played much with my parents though. It was rare for them to play games. There was one moment in my life when my entire family was hooked on Dr. Mario 64, but that was a unique situation, haha!

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