This is a post from NF Rebel Family Correspondent, father of 3, and mental health professional, Dan.
One thing I’ve always loved about starting a new video game is the character creation and customization menu.
As a young gamer, whether it was Tony Hawk’s Underground, WWF (that’s right, ‘F’) Smackdown or a good old fashioned RPG, I would always spend ages on this screen deciding what I felt were the best attributes, selecting weapons that would complement their skills, picking out the raddest outfit, and getting them to look just right (yet still ending up with something like this).
But as I’ve grown, I’ve spent less and less time on this menu. Hell, with three kids, I’ve spent less time gaming all together (I can’t even remember the last time I purchased a console game).
I still love customizing characters though. It’s just these days, my characters are real life little creatures, in their prime stage for optimum customization.
I’m choosing to build their character traits around a love of fitness, fun and wellbeing. I think these traits work well with so many game paths that it’s a great choice for most parent character-builders.
Is it easy? No, but it’s vitally important to foster and ingrain these attributes early in order for maximum impact and longevity.
But how do we do it? Well, I’m glad you asked.