My Son Has A Video Game Addiction

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Or at least I’m beginning to think so.

When I was a little girl, I remember the age old familiar question posed to me quite frequently. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My parents asked me. My grandmother asked me. My kindergarten teacher asked me. My first grade teacher asked me. My second grade teacher asked me. You get the picture.


It’s a big question! A big question with an answer that I know I filled in the blank with a different answer every time. And I remember pondering and then spouting the first thing that came to mind.

In kindergarten, I wanted to be a teacher.

In first grade, I wanted to be a chocolate chip cookie maker.

In second grade, I wanted to be a track star.

In third grade, I wanted to design Trapper Keepers.

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And I think that is why we ask relentlessly young kids about their future occupations…because you just never know what will come out of the mouths of little ones.

While my answer seemed to be different every time I was asked, my son’s answer has not changed the past few times I have asked him.

So what does my dear little 8-year-old want to be when he grows up? Check out our actual conversation below:

Curious Me: “So Carter, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

Carter: “I want to be a gamer.”

Confused Me: “A what?”

Carter: “I want to play video games”.

Not-sure-if-I-heard-that-right Me: “Like, play video games for a living? For your job? For the rest of your life?”

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Carter: “Yep.”

Me: “Well, I bet if you really wanted to, you could maybe be a graphic designer. Or learn coding that it takes to create the game. You think?”

Carter: “No, I want to play them.”

Me: “Well, you can play them after you design them. You know, like testing them out before people buy them to play. That would be kind of cool.”

Carter: “Yeah.”

Positive-Because-I’m-hoping-this-is-just-a-phase me: “Okay, buddy. Well you be the best darn video game player ever then!”

Carter: “Ok”.

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Well…what else am I supposed to say?! I’m not supposed to crush my kid’s dreams, right?

My mind is clouded with visions of a fifty year old Carter sitting in his underwear…playing Minecraft edition 545 while snacking on Doritos and counting down the days to the next national video game conference on his MarioKart calendar stuck to my living room basement wall with half-chewed Hubba Bubba.

I’ll let you know what he says when I ask him about his future endeavors when he turns 9. My fingers are crossed that he doesn’t say video game player.

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10 comments

  1. My son gets hooked on one activity and will NOT give it up! (We seriously have to limit his screen time.) I think it would be fun to ask kids year to year what they want to be when they grow up – and see how much it changes!

  2. A cideo game player–well if you think about it in a positive manner by then they may even jobs where a person plays video games all day to check them out! I would not mention that to him–and maybe by next year he will want to design them!

  3. My son is addicted to a game called Roblox and it’s driving me nuts. He is almost 12 and although I’ve been moderating and limiting his time on the game – there is actually way more to Roblox than just game playing and I feel awful when I limit his time and stuff.

  4. By the time he gets to high school or even middle school he will be saying a video game developer and that is not such a bad thing. When I was young, all I ever wanted to do was grow up to ride horses. That didn’t really work out so well for me, lol.

  5. Your son’s dream of becoming a video game player is one of a kind. Most kids would want to be a policeman, or a doctor, or an engineer. Don’t worry, if video games fascinate him now, he would probably grow up to excel in the field of information technology. Who knows, you may be nurturing a software engineer!

  6. Actually, gamers get paid a ton – once you are a professional – but the road to be a professional isn’t easy. I know how hard it is when a parent does not support a dream of a child – they get crushed and slowly will not open up to you – at least that is the case for me when it happened… I’d say, support him but let him stay open to the other possibilities as well. Plus, you never know if he is already truly dedicated – some kids change their minds most of the time. My boyfriend is a gamer and there was one point he got paid just playing games and he even attended tournaments, etc.. soon after that he did have a normal job but cannot leave the gaming world,. but he didn’t pursue the professional purely gaming industry but we both know about how awesome it is as we both love gaming – or maybe he does, I am more of occasional gamer lol. (when I feel like it lol)

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