We all want to teach our children the important things, the life skills, the skills they will need to do well in life and be happy. We also want to teach them things that will be fun, things that will give them release and enjoyment through their lives. We also all secretly hope that our kids will be like us in the things we like about ourselves, things that will enable you to be friend later in life, things that will give you a connection with your kids, outside of being their parents. So, in my case, I secretly hope my children will be nerds.
Husband and I may have accomplished this goal.
My children LOVE playing D&D.
And it doesn’t get more nerdy then that, now does it. And if you don’t know what D&D is you really aren’t nerdy enough to read this post.
Now, to give credit where credit is due, I think this came about because Adam wanted Husband to play D&D with his son. Husband is a good dungeon master and Adam’s son and friend had been playing what they are calling “mental mindcraft” but as there were no rules and little boys always like to win, it wasn’t always very fun. Adam thought that it was a short leap from “mental mindcraft” to D&D. As Husband was working on a dungeon for those boys my kids asked what he was doing. After that nothing would do but for my kids to play.
I have to say, Husband is a saint. He helped three kids, one of them only five, create D&D characters. And then he did mine to boot.
Peanut made a half Elf Druid named Isamae.
Cake made a Paladin named Ahericka.
Lunchmeat made a Thief/Rogue he named Smeeger, and then changed it to Sneaker.
(Again, here’s some insight to how my children’s minds work)
The next Saturday they played, and they played for four hours. The kids were enraptured. I was able to get SO much done as they played it was amazing! They all had a great time. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought me to see my kids and Husband playing together like that. It was just perfect.
Peanut kept asking if her druid and gained enough experience to become a higher level druid yet.
Cake was always very concerned that her Paladin was doing what a Paladin would do.
Lunchmeat got really upset with Smeeger/Sneaker almost died.
When we had them stop playing and they were all sad and wanted to play more, I looked at Husband and told him we had sealed the fate of our children, they were officially nerds.
Not that there was much chance for them to be anything else anyway.