It makes me curious that, even after avoiding the Minecraft movement until just a few months ago, and with older children, that it still has taken hold of our middle child.
I read an article that said that there are many higher order skills involved in Minecraft. Is this what appeals to him? I know that he loves “being in charge” of his own world. He is so curious about how to build this world and discovering all of the features it has.
He’s even gotten in trouble because of it. He was watching YouTube videos on how to unlock things and complete stuff – you can see my level of understanding. He came to me crying about his “deceit.” He was so sorry for lying to us. It gave us a great opportunity to talk about asking permission and obsessions.
He has things to talk about with his friends at school. One of his friends who likes Minecraft is a girl, so it’s not just a boy thing. He looks forward to sharing with them what he’s done in “his world” over the weekend. He likes to play with his brother, so it gives them a connection as well.
Maybe I was wrong to hold off for as long as I did? But he’s enjoying it now and I’m intrigued by what it has to offer that goes beyond just “playing video games.”