Do you know what the number one thing kids and parents do together when they are home?
For Millennial parents and their kids, it's video gaming.
Data from the Fullscreen company found that parents spend an average of 8.5 hours a week gaming with their children.
Millennial parents grew up with amazing game systems and it has followed them into adulthood and parenthood.
The company says this. “These new parents were the ones who bolstered growth in the video game industry when they were young, and now they’re passing down a love of gaming to kids,” To succeed in the coming years, companies are going to want to join the space with new games.”
The bottom line is this. Kids and parents love playing video games together because it gives them a common, fun experience.
It is noteworthy to think about this and strategize how the church can provide kids and their parents with shared experiences at home and at church.
We often complain about finding "take home" papers blowing in the parking lot or shoved in the trash can at home. Perhaps the bigger question is this.
How can we create and distribute something that kids and parents will use at home? I ask this question, because most churches struggle with tools and resources that parents and kids actually want to engage in at home.
Perhaps it's time to make sure our take home attempts are creative, fun and engaging. We know why video games are engaging for kids and parents. But I also know that kids love to play board games, active games and fun games.
What can you create that kids and parents will do together at home? What games can you create that parents and kids will actually engage with? What activities can you create that are so fun that kids will beg their parents to play with them at home?
I believe if we want kids and parents to engage with the lesson at home, then we've got to create something that will be engaging.
Your turn. What discipleship tools are you creating that parents and kids are doing at home? What are some ideas you have to make home discipleship appealing and doable? Share your thoughts and insights in the comment section below.