My kids are gamers. Rocket League, Terraria, Fortnite, Minecraft, Geometry Dash... playing video games is, by far, their favorite pastime.
Last night, my younger son said to me, "I started the Lunar Events the other day by killing the Lunatic Cultist. And I successfully defeated the Lunar Events but that spawned the Moon Lord, which I thought I was prepared for but he absolutely obliterated me."
Yeah, I don't know what that means either. But he was more excited than usual so I knew it was a big deal. And he was giving me a tiny peek into his world, which, to me, was a very big deal.
"Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff." –Catherine M. Wallace
When my kids want to tell me what happened in whatever game they are playing, I stop what I'm doing. I put down my phone, or pause the TV, or turn my body away from my computer. I look them in the eye and I give them my undivided attention.
When they ask me to come to their gaming area so they can show me what they built in Minecraft or the goal they made in Rocket League, I go.
Honestly, I'm not completely sure what I'm looking at when I'm looking at the game. But I know what I'm seeing when I look at my kids. Enthusiasm. Excitement. Pride. And, for the moment, a desire for me to share in it.
It doesn't matter to me that I don't always understand the language they're speaking. But it matters that they are talking to me. And I promise to keep listening because someday, we just might be speaking the same language again!
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