Video games are present in an increasing number of American households. The Entertainment Software Association found that in 2018, 70 percent of parents reported that games were a positive activity in their children’s lives, and 67 percent even play alongside their child at least once a week. Some of you may already be regularly gaming with your kids, but for the rest of you, here are some things to keep in mind. Why Gaming Together Matters Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and UC Berkeley have shown that video games can have many positive effects on a child, from encouraging critical thinking and social skills to imparting the value of perseverance. Beyond these life skills, video games can also be a way for you to better connect with your child. As game designer and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., writes, “Games make it easy to build stronger social bonds with our friends and family. Studies show that we like and trust someone better after we play a game with them — even if they beat us.” Find the Right Game Finding the right game to play with your child can be a challenge. Regardless of what platform your child plays on, there’s a nearly inexhaustible list of games to choose from, and some are more child-friendly than others. At the very least, research the Gaming With Your Kids WHY YOU SHOULD PICK UP THAT CONTROLLER When you’ve been in a collision, you need professional help. It’s the kind of help that can take you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling comfortable and supported while managing this difficult time in your life. The right legal advice can help you understand the process and make even the most complicated aspects of insurance a breeze. The team at Pérez Halpern, LLC is here to do just that by providing legal services in Spanish and English and guiding you through your case. Just see what our clients have to say about their experiences with our firm. “I was in a car accident last year, and a friend recommended me to the Pérez Halpern Law Firm. I took my case to them, and they helped me with incredible efficiency — so much that I recommend Pérez Halpern to the community. I feel happy because after nine months in the process, the firm won my case. Thank you Meliha, and thank you Andy!” –Marcos “I spoke with Meliha about an auto accident I was involved in and found her to be a tremendous resource to help me better
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When choosing a game, it’s a good idea to keep your child’s interests in mind. Do they enjoy creating things? Games like “Minecraft,” “Super Mario Maker,” and “Scribblenauts Remix” can act as a great sandbox for you and your child’s imaginations to run wild. Does your child love to solve puzzles? “Snail Bob 2,” “Snipperclips,” and “Portal 2” will have you and your child thinking outside the box for hours. Want to engage in a little friendly competition? “Mario Kart,” “FIFA,” and “Bam Fu” are all excellent choices. Going Beyond Screen Time Whether you pick up a controller yourself or just watch your children play games, the most supportive thing you can do as a parent is reinforce the skills they are learning. Understanding that the same creativity and determination that gets them to the end of a level can be applied in the real world is be a powerful thing for a child’s development. understand the process of insurance company negotiations and the potential for future legal action. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is in a similar circumstance.” –Megan “My husband and I got into an accident a while back. I was feeling stressed about the whole situation. With them, it’s all been a breeze since I contacted them. They’ve made this whole process so easy. I would highly recommend Meliha and Andy.” –Kenia Marcos, Megan, and Kenia, thank you for sharing your experiences with Pérez Halpern. It is our pleasure to help you resolve your cases! If you’ve had a similar experience with our firm, please share it! We appreciate hearing from you, and it means a lot to us when you tell your friends and family about us. As a small business, we rely on this type of feedback to continue serving our community. Thank you for your support!
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