Games make a great babysitter.
Let’s be honest, video games make great babysitters. They are available 24/7, kids love them and you can’t beat the rate. For little children, games are a pacifier and for bigger ones, they are the best babysitter known to mom. A game-free home is loud and can be messy and mom can be exhausted at times. Rooms are used for forts, clothes get really dirty and creative energy is in high gear. Video games can put your kids in a “game coma,” which is perfect when you want peace and quiet–but not so perfect when you want a healthy brain! Games have a chemical effect on the brain: they stimulate the production of dopamine. For that reason, it’s no wonder why they are highly effective in surgery centers in hospitals as a pre-anesthesia drug before painful procedures on children. Doctors know that the influx of this chemical works better than holding mom’s hand. The digital babysitter is a hard thing to give up, especially if you have boys in your home; but with some will power and some creativity, you will be glad you fired that babysitter!
Photo note: Don’t get too worried mom–his photo was taken the rainy day, when Dad was watching the kids! He thought they were playing quietly in their room as Andrew decided to bury Evan with the all the contents of their room! Our game-free house doesn’t always look like this! … not always : )