I’m a therapist, but I’m also a mom, wife, sister and daughter. Never in my whole life has someone telling me to “calm down” actually worked. In fact, if my husband says to me, to “Calm down. Take a deep breath.” I feel all of my 20 years of mental health training go out the door and I’m lucky to remember to take a deep breath before saying something I will really regret.
I don’t play. I don’t do games.
When one of my colleagues in the industry asked me what educational games I would recommend I found myself thinking: What do I know about games? What do I know about playing?
I reached out to a few friends and did some cursory research but generally felt uninspired. As I dug a little deeper, I realized I was battling a familiar pang: mother guilt layered upon the recognition that I don’t play enough with my daughter.
I have played video games since they came on floppy disks, but I still can’t always keep straight the best games that help kids build emotional regulation. When I take a look at a new game, I am a dad first and a gamer second. Here are some of my favorite tech-related toys to consider for your kids (and you, too!)