Hidden Benefits Of Video Games For Busy Moms

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Are you a busy mom looking for a little more time for yourself? Mom Central CEO Stacy DeBroff stopped by KCAL9 Wednesday to talk about the pros of video games.

Stacey’s Video Game Pros:

Mom’s Time-Out: Moms seek new ways to take a breather during their constant on-the-go lifestyles. So they’ve started carving out a Mom-version of the “time-out” – a brief respite of 5 to 15 minutes to slow down and zone out. Amidst packed, stressful days, Moms increasingly turn to games to relax – discovering that their ever-present phones, iPads, laptops, or computers serve as the ideal vehicle for a break in the action. Casual games – easy to pick up as a beginner but difficult to master – can be played in short time spurts, which make them attractive to Moms looking to take a quick break and have some fun.

Stress-Busters for Busy Moms: Casual games provide Moms with a quick outlet – a stolen 10 minutes or so – where they can get lost in the challenging magic of puzzle games like Drop 7 or the New Orleans-themed challenges of Bayou Blast or the social Words with Friends – many times playing with online and offline friends. As such, these games provide Moms with an easy way to unwind while in the midst of a chaotic day.

Gaming-on-the-Go: 52% of Moms play games at home, 34% of Moms regularly play games on their cell phones, and 29% of Moms turn to games while waiting for kids or in line at a store. Nothing beats the tedium of a long wait in the grocery store check-out line than a fun game on your cell phone.

Easing Up on End-of-the-Day Duties: Once Moms toss the dishes into the dishwasher, review one more book report, and get the last child bathed and off to bed, they typically keep going, rather than taking a moment to relax. More often than not, Moms will throw in another load of laundry, pack lunches for tomorrow, or log onto work email, instead of opening up a long-awaited novel or picking up the phone and calling a friend. But many Moms find that evening proves an ideal time to curl up with a casual game – the excitement levels of some gAmes keep most Moms from dropping off to sleep the minute they sit down, and the brevity of other games provides a quick breather and some down time before getting ready for another day.

With the physical engagement of Nintendo’s Wii and cool, motion-controlled games offered via Kinect for the Xbox 360 and Move for the PlayStation 3, Moms increasingly pick up fitness games like Zumba and family-friendly games like those offered in Wii Sports.

Keeping Casual Gaming from Becoming All-Consuming or Too Costly: When gaming lures you away from family responsibilities and work commitments, or you start annoying all your friends on Facebook with requests for carrots, it’s a sign that you need to taper off!

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  1. Sol says:

    Video games? How about closet rendezvous with the hubby? Turn the technology off and just watch how creative you can get with your spouse, children and family. It is the interdependence on technology that has really changed the dynamic of families. Look at how easy it is for youth to pull the trigger on school mates, and themselves. It is just so easy now isn’t it. Go ahead moms, go play video games. May I recommend the latest Mortal Combat… The graphics are amazing.

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