Minecraft tips for Parents and Addicted Kids who Love Playing
Level 12 : Journeyman Miner
Posted 03/12/13 12:10:23 pm
That's a lot of opportunity for restriction and punishment. But if we constantly reinforce our kids with negatives we can't bond with them. It's possible for Minecraft parents to help Minecraft addicted kids manage their lives better through motivation rather than punishment.
If you can't stop your kid's Minecraft addition, use it to your advantage. This is what we did at our house. First we created a Minecraft Rules List and posted it up on the wall above the computer. The kids made the rules themselves, and this simple act of democracy has gone a long, long, way in creating good sportsmanship.
Everyone signed the contract and was bound by the rules listed for good sportsmanship if they wanted to play. On the weekends we occasionally throw Minecraft Pocket Edition parties with their friends. All the friends get lectures from the boys when they come to play and are asked to abide by the house rules. Game night parties are a great time. We've sometimes had up to 9 kids with their tablets playing Minecraft. We never have issues with this contract in place. Kids rule kids with this simple Minecraft rules list.
In addition to our Minecraft Constitution, we also created a computer time schedule that is set in stone on the iMac for regular Minecraft. This has turned the taking turns saga into an easy ritual. Every hour on the hour our miners have to switch turns. On school nights they only have certain times to play. This motivates them to get their school work done, clothes laid out for school and lunches packed. A Minecraft play schedule works great. Parents will not have to negotiate each night and nag. Just sit down with your kids, pencil in a schedule and watch them manage themselves just for the opportunity to play.
In our house we also have a chore chart. We made a simple rule that homework and chores have to be done before the Minecraft goes on. I hold the password for the Minecraft account. They do all their required tasks, fire up the computer and beckon me when the time comes to log them in. The same 3 boys who needed nagging and threats to complete chores by 9 pm were getting up an hour early to do them before school. At first my husband and I were dumbfounded by their motivation to play Minecraft. A few months ago we were concerned about how much time they choose to devote to gaming. But we've relaxed quite a bit over time. They are happy. Every weekend their socializing, and Minecraft is great for teamwork. I recommend using it as positive reinforcement If you have a kid who's sloppy, disorganized, and unwilling to do chores. Minecraft may be just the ticket for you to help motivate him. Just try it.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way. Use these examples of self discipline and positive reinforcement to help your kids become responsible. If your kids are addicted to Minecraft, then use that as motivation for other things. Give them an extra 20 minutes mining if they come home with an A+. Offer extra time for the kid who did a great job with the dishes, or who helped the neighbor.
Gaming is a motivational technique that is new for the Me Generation, but not for our kids. Their lives revolve around gaming. I recently watched a YouTube video featuring Gabe Zichermann of Gamification Co. He aptly named the millennials "Generation G" for gaming. If you are like me, a "Me generation" parent who grew up on Atari and played Pacman for hours on end as a kid, things have drastically changed. The new G generation incorporates gaming into every aspect of their social lives. Many parents today struggle with whether or not they should allow their kids to play Minecraft so obsessively.
I agree with Gabe. Let them.
Create boundaries that encourage positive reinforcement and self discipline. Then watch them bloom. You'll find yourself bonding with your Minecraft kids, too. Get into the game and play right along with them. If you are a parent of an eager newbie you might want a crash course in mining. John Lundsten of Minepick wrote a great Minecraft walkthrough tutorial for parents. I've used it myself to get into the game. Minecraft play can become quite an addiction!
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