In today’s technologically advanced world, smartphones and apps dominate most forms of communication. As a result, some parents are discovering new ways to spend time and communicate with their children.
Mom Finds Child on Roblox
Chicago-based mum ChaCha Watson experienced this tech-driven shift first-hand.
She faced a dilemma when her child increasingly refused to answer her phone, so she decided to resort to a more ‘modern’ method of communication.
Mom Becomes Innovative
When 11-year-old daughter Miracle didn’t respond to her many phone calls, her innovative parenting instincts kicked in.
The Only Way To Get Through To her Daughter
Rather than letting frustration get the better of her, she made a quick decision.
She logged into Roblox, an online gaming platform, with the sole intention of sending her a message.
A Virtual Reminder
The digital age has opened the door to an abundance of unique parenting tactics, and this incident was no exception.
Watson humorously shared this experience online. In her Facebook post, she said, “When my baby doesn’t answer the phone, I pull up on ROBLOX.”
Mom’s Story Became Trending
The screenshots of the mum’s game and her amusingly candid online conversation quickly became popular on social media.
Her post was shared over 5,000 times. Users found her narrative of overcoming traditional parenting hurdles with the nuances of modern parenting amusing and profoundly relatable.
Connecting Through Games
Watson was a player herself. So she logged into Roblox and found Miracle playing ‘Berry Avenue’, a simulation game.
“She was right at the starting point. As I entered, she was there, and we even shared a virtual car ride,” Watson recounted.
Connecting Through Games
Their Roblox interaction gave Watson the opportunity to remind her daughter, “Take the lasagna and garlic bread out of the freezer so I can cook it.”
Beyond the Laughs
In an interview with TODAY, the comedic mom highlighted her intention behind sharing the incident.
She aimed to portray the humorous extent to which parents often resort when trying to reach their children. “People need to see what I endure to communicate with my child,” she laughed.
Bridging the Gap
However, Watson’s dive into Roblox isn’t solely for comedic purposes. As a single mother, she constantly strives to maintain a strong bond with Miracle.
“Being a single parent demands quality time with your child. Hence, I started playing Roblox, which turned out to be a wonderful decision,” she expressed.
Advice for Fellow Parents
Watson’s anecdote is not just a humorous tale; it’s both a lesson and a source of encouragement.
She passionately believes in understanding and embracing children’s interests, especially in an era dominated by digital screens.
Join Your Kids
With genuine enthusiasm, she advises, “Join them in their virtual adventures. It’s a world that’s genuinely enjoyable, filled with surprises. And I can vouch for the fact that my daughter absolutely adores our shared gaming sessions.”
Watson’s post garnered numerous reactions, with many parents sharing similar experiences.
Comments range from a fellow parent’s confession: “I’ve done the same, but on Minecraft! It’s the age we live in, right?” to praises such as, “Innovative parenting at its absolute finest!”
Reimagining Parent-Child Dynamics
“Y’all don’t just pull up to get on they ass y’all gotta actually play with them on there too!“
Watson commented on the same post. Her comment included another screenshot of the mommy-daughter duo mid-game.
She wanted to remind parents that, amidst the rapid digitalization, it is important to get down on the same level as your kids.
While gaming platforms like Roblox are primarily viewed as entertainment avenues, they’re morphing into platforms for family bonding and communication for many.
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This article was produced by TPR Teaching.
Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.