All parents have been there. When their little one is first born, they just know they’re going to be the super mom or dad who is able to spend every waking minute with their little one, planning fun activities for them to do and helping them learn to live a life far from screen or tablet.
Then reality sets in, and sometimes in order to have just a little quiet time to make dinner, get the laundry done or even just go to the bathroom, it’s easier to pop on a movie or hook up a little video game to keep them occupied. And if you’re anything like us, you can feel like you’re failing as a parent thanks to the ensuing guilt that come with such a decision, but man, you really just need a break.
Well as it turns out, there may not be need for that guilt any longer — at least that’s what one recent study is saying.
According to research published in the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, young kids who played video games went on to do better (!) in school, showed an increased intelligence (!!) and had better social skills (!!?!!?) than those who were kept away from the games. Maybe there’s something to NOT being super mom after all?
The study looked at more than 3,000 kids aged six to 11, and asked their parents and teachers to fill out a survey about their kids’ behaviour. As for the kids, they participated too with a tool called the Dominic Interactive, which is basically a standardized test in the form of a video game. As it turns out, more than 20 per cent of the kids played five or more hours of games a week, and those who did were twice as likely to do better at school.
So there you go. The next time you’re concerned about keeping the little ones occupied with Frozen so that you can get a measly 20 minutes to yourself, just pop in a Frozen video game instead. And as for that guilt? Well as they say, let it go. You’re doing better than you think.