I Need To Build My House! Video Games

I Need To Build My House! - Video GamesThis generation is so dead. You ask a kid, 'What are you doing this Saturday?' and they'll be playing video games or watching cable, instead of building model cars or airplanes or doing something creative. Kids today never say, 'Man, I'm really into remote-controlled steamboats.'  ~Jack White...more

New study finds violent video games delay moral judgement

Whenever there's a school shooting by a teen, the causational arguments start:1. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.2. It's because parents don't do their job.3. It's all the bullying.4. It's the violent video games.New research sheds some light on the controversial topic of the latter....more

Where The Oregon Trail has lead us: Educational video games

I played The Oregon Trail in school. That doesn't make me feel old, because that game is still going - see here. I learned lots of stuff from playing the game, like family members could die from measles. Or typhoid. Or dysentery. Or drown while wading across a three-foot deep river. Or that I would never be strong enough to carry all that buffalo meat back to my starving family....more

To Do List: Clean House for Thanksgiving, Re-Read Catching Fire, and Crush 10,000 More Candies

The Hunger Games 2 movie was great.  I love seeing the action from my head played out on the big screen.  I read Catching Fire over a year ago.  Katniss is such an interesting character.  She is a balanced combination of tough and soft.  After reading the book, the ending was no surprise which makes the movie less supenseful.  Overall, I enjoy the accurate depictions and the acting....more

Seven Ways Parenting Is Like A Video Game

I am not a gamer myself. However I  am not opposed to video games if they’re educational and used wisely. I even believe that they can help your child learn! I used to play a lot of video games when I was a child: “Civilization”, “The Incredible Machine”, “Sim City 2000” and other, less educational games....more

Minecraft Madness

Three computers, one laptop, three tablet and one ipod adds up to one messed up household of game addicts.  I love my boys and hate to deprive them of their favorite hobby.  Minecraft is a good spatial awareness game.  Why do they need to play non-stop?  I try to break up their day and do other things.  Lately, the stress is overwhelming.  I want to write my thoughts out, but my head is stuck.  Anyone know anything about Minecraft servers?  What is it?  Why do you need it?...more

Candy Crack Saga

As I approached the computer this afternoon I was confronted by a dilemma. Do I sit and write something as I know I should, or do I log on to Facebook and try to march further forward through the Minty Meadows. If you know what the Minty Meadows are (coming just after the Chocolate Mountains and Lemonade Lake) then you too know the vacuum that is Candy Crush Saga....more

Brain-Boosting Video Games

It turns out that video games might actually help boost your cognitive skills as you age.  I’m not talking about the kind of videogames that your children or grandchildren might play, but rather a specialized game designed with you in mind to help with multi-tasking and your hand-eye coordination as you age....more

Sewing DIY: Super Cute and Easy Nintendo DSXL Case

Origionally posted on thegypsywife.comSewing has become therapeutic for me. So with all the turmoil going on in our life, I thought I would do a little this evening.  I made this decision after a huge storm came through and my roof started leaking. At least I don't own the house! It's the little things ;)I made a little case from my Nintendo 3DSXL. (Animal Crossing edition!! Yea I know how dorky I sound and I don't care. Ha!) Below are the instructions....more

Yes, We're a Gaming Family, but No, I'm Not a Lazy Parent

One thing that I'm not. A banner of games. I'll do as I see fit for my child. My son can play the games I allow. He must earn his play time. He only gets an hour at a time AND video game time does not supersede more important things like playing with his toys, outside time and/or playing with his sister. As soon as it does, it goes away. For him....more
@ahlmt Congratulations to your son!! Gamers do get a terrible rep that they are antisocial, have ...more