Ok, so to be perfectly honest, when my son came home from camp and announced he wanted to get some Pokemon cards, I may have groaned a bit too loudly. I knew eventually games like Minecraft and Pokemon were headed our way, and I just assumed I didn’t want anything to do with them, that they were useless and a waste of time. You know what? They really aren’t, and that is exactly why this mom plays Pokemon with her son and encourages it!

 THIS MOM PLAYS POKEMON WITH HER SON AND LOVES IT!

Pokemon Card Game Benefits From Mom Plays Pokemon

POKEMON, REALLY?

As soon as my son gets off the bus and throws his backpack down {and not where it is supposed to go}, he is already asking to battle with his newest Pokemon deck {that his dad helped him build}. Yes, we are now a Pokemon family, and I love that it is something that we can do all together. My son thinks it’s pretty neat, so that is a perfect reason why this mom plays Pokemon {and dad too}! He likes telling other kids that his mom plays Pokemon. I am pretty proud that I took the time to learn it with him.

LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILD IS CRAZY ABOUT INCLUDING POKEMON

You don’t want your kiddos to grow up? You want to keep them little longer? Instead of wishing for yesterday, why not get involved in what your kids are crazy about. What if you gave it a try and learned something that might seem awkward or silly to learn? I guarantee they will be happy to share more with you if you can learn to do something they love too. Learning Pokemon does take some time, but you can do it! This mom plays pokemon because it is one more thing my son and I can do together as he gets older {since I have failed at the monkey bars}!

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THIS MOM PLAYS POKEMON AND SEES SOME GREAT BENEFITS!

Pokemon is fun to play and fun to collect, but there are also amazing benefits that you might not even think about when it comes to the game of Pokemon. This is for parents who are still doubtful about getting into Pokemon. Remember, I was doubtful and not too excited at first, but now this mom plays Pokemon and loves it!

Learning something he loves to do is a great way to connect and show him that I am interested!

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Check out these awesome benefits. Had you ever considered that the game of Pokemon had so much to offer?

LEARNING TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS/RULES SKILLS

Game learning that is! There is a simple order to follow when battling which is necessary to remember, but then there are so many extra little rules, exceptions, add-ons, etc that you are continually learning something new. Kids have to take time to listen and remember so many different things to play the game! When a mom plays pokemon, she has to do this too.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Pokemon is a very social game and a great way to encourage new friendships based around a common interest, even amongst different ages. A kid who might feel uncomfortable socializing in other situations, but loves Pokemon, will have the perfect opportunity practice social skills. This also includes kids on the Spectrum, and kids with other types of disabilities both developmental and physical. Pokemon brings kids together. You can make an instant friend if you have a deck ready for battle!

SPORTSMANSHIP SKILLS

Is the battle going in your favor? Is it not going in your favor? Did you win? Did you loose? Everyone likes to win, and few kids like to loose. Pokemon is great for encouraging good sportsmanship skills whether or not you win or loose. We are still helping out son understand different cards, but he is perfectly capable of beating us. We are always perfectly capable of beating him too, and we do. He might as well practice his sportsmanship skills with us first. We encourage hand shaking and saying “good game” after each match. We talk about attitude, body language, and attention during a battle to encourage positive socialization skills!

PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

There are quite a few areas to work on problem solving skills before, after, and during battles. Building Pokemon decks {if you want to move past the pre-made theme decks} is perfect for problem solving. Which Pokemon should I use, what trainer, supporter, or item cards should I add. How much energy do I need? Which types of Pokemon work well together. During battles, plenty of problem solving skills are needed to keep your Pokemon in action. After a battle, you can reevaluate the deck you built. Did those type of Pokemon work well together? Did you have too much energy? Were there specific cards that weren’t helpful or did you wish you had a card you didn’t include?

ADAPTABILITY SKILLS

Is your battle not going the way you thought it would? This also interwinds with problem solving skills and sportsmanship skills, but you also need to learn how to adapt to the gaming environment and be a good sport as well. How can you turn around the battle and adapt to what you have available, both in your hand and in your head!

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Which move should you make? Which Pokemon should you put out first? Should you retreat it? There are so many things you need to consider when you are battling an opponent. Kids will test and improve their critical thinking skills to make the best moves possible. You have to keep in mind the Pokemon type your opponent has and what your best plan is for battle with your deck. Also add in adaptability and problem solving skills!

INDEPENDENT OR QUIET TIME PLAY SKILLS

Sometimes this mom play Pokemon with very tired eyes. Sometimes she needs to get things done around the house. Pokemon cards are also fun when they are not in a battle, so they are also perfect for independent play time that is also quiet time. My son loves to spread out his cards, look at the different Pokemon, find his favorites, talk to them, and study some of the resource guides we picked up. This can keep him busy long enough for this mom to get prepared for battle again.

READING SKILLS

Pokemon pushes my son to practice his emerging reading skills. Yes they are still difficult for him to read and they can be wordy and need explaining for better understanding. That’s another good reason this mom plays Pokemon. We can practice his reading skills together. Although he is memorizing many of the cards in his specific deck, there are so many cards out there. We have one great Pokemon essentials book that lists the Pokemon in alphabetical order. If he wants to find one, he has to figure out the letter sound and look it up!

MATH SKILLS

Pokemon also encourages number recognition, counting  by 10’s, addition and subtraction based on damage from attacks, special abilities, or healing cards. Pokemon is a great hands on way to work on several math concepts in a fun way! My son’s ability to count by 10 has really improved in a short period of time, and his ability to add and remove damage is improving too.

CLASSIFICATION SKILLS

Sorting Pokemon by type, by region, by evolution, or whatever other combination of factors is a great way to practice classification skills and indulge mom in some quiet time. Without even really thinking about it, kids come up with tons of classification systems to organize their Pokemon. This also touches on improving organizational skills too!

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS

We have a lot of cards. No, we have a ton of cards. Cards everywhere. How do you organize all these cards? How do you keep them neat and in good shape? What will you use so that you can see them easily or what system will you use so you know where to go for what you need. Pokemon cards are a great way to get your kids thinking about how to take care of their belongings and keep them in a way that they are useable. We have a good LEGO organization system, but are still working on our Pokemon system. This cool mom plays Pokemon but also wants it organized and neat.

DO YOU PLAY POKEMON WITH YOUR KIDS? IF NOT, WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?

I am thrilled mom plays Pokemon. My son is thrilled she does too!

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