How Video Games Can Foster Childhood Magic

There’s quite a bit of connectivity between family and technology, and seeing as our kids are being raised in a digital world, it’s no wonder you’re introducing technology and all its wonders and dangers to them at a young age. But there’s some tech out there that can really help to foster the same sense of childhood magic you once had, and looking to the video game world to help you out might just be the best bet. So here’s a couple of reasons booting up a console and sitting down as a family to play is a great idea.

How many arcades out there still have these old school games? Why not bring these systems home?

Kids Can Learn In Easy Ways

Video games made for kids are made with the child mindset in mind. After all, you’ve got to know your audience in order to sell your game, and you’re going to want to be sure that kids are going to love whatever disc they boot up in their console. And that means all kinds of hard to teach and hard to learn themes are going to be present in these games, ready packaged in bite size pieces and easy to understand actions the player character can perform.

Maybe your child has trouble sharing – see if you can find them a video game that’ll help them to learn why this is a good thing. Maybe your child has issues with keeping clean and tidy; once again, there’s plenty of games out there that can make this kind of boring chore a lot of fun. And seeing as video games are a lot more interactive than simple TV programs or films, there’s a much better chance the behavior will settle into your child’s head. Isn’t that just a bit magic?

Via The Introduction of Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is something we’ve all heard about, and it’s something we’re all curious about. A VR headset, a fee cables to plug in here and there, a pair of special controllers, and you’re all ready to delve deeper into a video game, film, or TV program than you’ve ever been able to before. That’s an exciting idea to anyone who read about it!

But especially kids. Hearing that they can transported out of this boring world with school and homework, into another where they’re the hero of the universe, is going to be some welcome news. Being able to try out a would-be Real New World is a great way to tingle their imaginations, and get them more involved with their creative side, and hopefully give them a little bit more inspiration along the way. Kids love to be involved in important activities anyway, and this is a safe and fun way to foster that interaction.

Video games can be great for kids, as long as you know what they’re playing, how long for, and when to disconnect them from a virtual world. It’s up to you to foster their childhood magic!

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Modern Days Escapism

Don’t you sometimes have the feeling you just need to take a break and refresh your mind? Nowadays health, hectic workplace, traffic jam, and even politics can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety. Add to the lot the fact the Christmas Is almost here, and you might still need to finish your shopping, and you’re going to feel overwhelmed.

Let’s put it simply: Life can be too much sometimes. You want to break free, in the words of the late Freddie Mercury. You want to give your mind some well-earned peace before going back to your day-to-day life. There’s a word for it: You need a touch of escapism. When booking a vacation abroad and running away is not an option, you need to rely on modern days, local-based solutions.

Disconnect from your reality

Video game players have always suffered from an unjust and unjustified bad reputation. Games have been blamed for encouraging violent behavior and creating dumb generations. But, in truth, a video game could be just the thing you need to forget about your worries and relax. They give you a chance to escape in a fantasy world that can lift yourself from the mundanity of your day-to-day life, as seen here, http://stlouisdad.com/s/4-reasons-why-gaming-isnt-a-wasted-hobby/. If gaming isn’t your cup of tea, you can grab a book and sink into the adventure of your hero. Page after page, your stress disappears, and your mood improves.

Find your gold nugget

You may not be an enthusiastic gamer, but if you love the idea of winning through clicks, you might want to have a look at adult betting sites such as https://www.freebets.org.uk/. In moderation, betting provides a way out of your daily worries – assuming that you can exercise caution and stick to your budget. There’s a rush of adrenalin when you bet that can lift your mood significantly. The secret is to manage your money, making sure you don’t take risks. Small gains can put a smile on your face!  

Escape… physically

What if escapism was all about a physical escape? If you don’t know what to think, check this article about escape rooms: https://www.theprogress.com/community/puzzle-rooms-bring-new-meaning-to-escapism/. Ultimately, if you’re not familiar with the concept, an escape room is a real-life puzzle for you and a small team to solve in a limited time. Most escape games stick to 60 minutes, but you can find exceptions. During the time, you rack your brain to find clues, unlock doors and discover secrets; focusing your attention on the game. As a bonus, at the end, you get to open the door and escape from the room.  

Create freedom out of discipline

Last, but not least, you can create a positive routine that releases stress and creates a happy feeling. Workouts, for instance, are linked to mood-enhancing hormones. In other words, your gym membership is not only about staying fit, but it also helps you to escape everyday stress. There’s a sense of high you get when you stick to your training plan, which acts as a soothing balm on your mind.

Escaping reality for a short time is a fundamental need for your mental health. Stress can be overwhelmingly destructive. Consequently, you need to find the best escape for your personality.

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Using Your Smartphone to Connect With Your Children

You don’t have to read the internet for too long before you come across an article that’s talking about the evils of the smartphone. They say that’s it disconnecting people from one another, or messing with children’s brains, or making us dumber, and so on. Like most articles, there’s a degree of truth in what they say, but they miss the mark somewhat. A simpler way to put it is this: a smartphone is a tool, and like all tools, it’s how you use it that matters, not the tool itself. If you use it properly, it can be a tool for bringing together a parent and their children, as we’ll see below. If you’re a parent, take a read. We’ve put together four ways you can bridge the gap between yourself and your little one.

Making Videos

A smartphone is about much more than watching videos on YouTube! Indeed, it’s about much more than just the applications that it can install. Let’s not forget that if you’ve got a modern phone, then you’ve probably got a camera that has more quality than you would think impossible just a few years ago. And this means you’ve got the perfect tool for making fun videos and photoshoots! Next time it’s a rainy day, use your phone to shoot the next big motion picture hit (well, that’s the idea!). You’ll love seeing your kids all creative, and so will they.

Staying in Touch

Though the phone can do some incredible things, the main purpose is to make it easy for people to stay in touch with each other. Now, it’s unlikely that your kids are going to spend long hours texting you when they could be texting their friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a digital conversation. But you should speak their language. Download the JoMojis app to your phone, and you’ll be able to send them fun emojis and stickers, whatever the occasion! It’s a fun way to stay in touch, one that they’ll appreciate.

Social Media Accounts

We give a lot of ourselves over to our social media accounts. It’s a reflection of who we are, or who we want to be! So why not join the great conversation, and connect with your kids that way? Of course, this only applies if your children are old enough to have social media accounts. You’ll gain an insight into their lives and learn what causes they’re passionate about.

Playing Games

Games have become big business on smartphones. Everyone’s got their game of choice! But instead of competing against yourself and other strangers, why not compete against your child? Some games were just made for friendly – or not so friendly – competition. If you want to make sure they’re learning at the same time, pick a game like Words With Friends, which is much more addictive and competitive than you might initially realize.

Managed properly, your phone can be a tool to get to know your children better. They’re everywhere in society anyway, you may as well put them to good use!

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How To Stay Entertained On A Long Flight

Flights aren’t exactly the most enjoyable experiences – even for those of us who love to travel, and this is especially true of long-haul flights.

Flying is definitely something you’d call a means to an end, but that doesn’t mean it has to be completely miserable.

Although airlines are trying somewhat to provide options for on-board entertainment, such as in-flight movies, the selection can be pretty dire, and if you’re someone who travels a lot, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll have seen the same movie one or more times.

In this post, we’re going to share with you some tips for keeping yourself entertained on a long flight so that the time passes a bit quicker

Bring your own movies:

Nowadays more and more people are doing this on flights and with most tablets and even some laptops not much bigger than the screens on airplane tvs, then it’s easier than ever to do, and this way you get to choose exactly what you watch. You can watch movies that you’ve already purchased from places like the iTunes store, or you can even use the download feature on streaming services like Netflix so that you can watch movies right from the Netflix app even when you don’t have an internet connection. If you’re traveling internationally, then you’ll want to have a look online to see Which shows are available on US Netflix so you can download them before you leave the country and continue watching them on the way back since they may not be available in each country, but once you’ve downloaded them they’ll be available regardless of your location.

Load up on music or podcasts:

If you’re not a movie or TV person, then you can still keep yourself entertained with great music and even podcasts on many different topics. There are so many podcasts to choose from that there’s no way you could ever run out of material during your flight. Podcasts can be downloaded to your phone or tablet so even if you have no internet connection on your flight, then you can still listen to them.

Get some work done:

Do you want to pass some time and be productive at the same time? Then if you have work you could be doing, being on a flight is probably the ideal time to knuckle down and get it done. Not only will you pass time and be able to fully focus, but it means once you land you can be totally ready to relax or even sleep if you need to.

Bring a good book:

Books aren’t going anywhere, and nor should they. You can easily find yourself lost in a great book for hours and not even realize how much time has passed, so if you have a long flight coming up, then now could be a good time to treat yourself to a new book that can keep you entertained during your long flight, and one of the best things about books is that, unlike tablets or phones, you never have to worry about it running out of battery or not working correctly due to lack of internet connection.

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