It’s funny how family bonding then and now has changed throughout the years. Back when I was a kid, family bonding would mean heading out of the country or visiting our parents’ hometown in the province. However, now bonding would be done in the comforts of the home with all the latest technological advancements such as a home cinema, tablets, desktop computers or iPads.
For one, these methods save parents a lot of money which they could have spent on travelling expenses. Gadgets partnered with applications create a world of endless possibilities. Along with these possibilities are activities that help tech-savvy families bond with each other.
In a national survey done last year by the Entertainment Software Association, a video game industry group, 35% of parents who play video games are most likely to have a better relationship with their kids by up to 80%. So if you’re one of those tech-savvy dads or moms who wish to get closer with their kids, gaming applications are your best bet. Plus they’re a cheaper option too as I have said above.
Though there are a lot of educational and gaming apps to choose from, here are just a few family friendly apps that will certainly help “bond” the family better. First off is Tumbles which is based on the highly popular Pop’em game that basically involves moving the iPad around to move balls around the screen. The best part about this game is that parents and their kids can have a head-to-head match.
Another app that would certainly be interesting for both parties would be Labyrinth 2 HD. With impressive graphics, compelling storylines and complicated puzzles, it’s a game that’s sure to be a win for dad and mom.
Last but not the least would be the educational app, Maddie & Matt’s A to Z’s of Good Manners and Values. Created by a team of Filipinos from two start-up development applications in the country, AppLabs Digital Studios and Kid Apps Inc, Maddie & Matt is the app that teaches all the basics of “Please”, “Thank You” and so much more. With 26 letters in the alphabet plus a whole range of features, this educational app is definitely one parents would approve of. The best part about this app – it’s free for download on the Apple App Market. And guess what, there are more additions to the Maddie & Matt series that are sure to be as fun and as educational as this.
So, dear mom and dad, gadgets and the apps installed in them aren’t necessarily a bad addiction. Sit down with the kids one time while they play on the iPad or tablet, you’ll might just be surprised how fun it could be to play and learn alongside them.