If you have a teenager, then I’m sure you have heard of the game called “Fortnite!” It’s especially popular with boys. I haven’t seen my child leave his room pretty much all summer unless he needs food, a bathroom break, or if I make him. He will even get up at 4 AM to play this game, and if he isn’t playing it, then he will watch videos of other people playing it. Oh, and don’t let me forget about the other kids that come to the house and play. They bring their TVs, PlayStations, snacks, and more. Needless to say, this video game has taken over my house, and there is a good chance that it has taken over yours too.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a rant about the game. I’m just giving you a few facts and MY experience with it.
Does anyone remember that game called Minecraft? Well, Fortnite is a cross between that and a survival game. Players fight one another, and they use the landscape around them to build shelters. Oh, and don’t let me forget that they can socialize with each other while fighting.
One of the best qualities that I’ve seen with Fortnite is that my son will pretty much do whatever I say because he doesn’t want me grounding him from this game. Oh, and since I took the game from him for not cleaning his room one day, well, I haven’t had a problem with his room being messy since. He picks up his dishes and cups without me even asking. So even though he is being extra polite and cleaning these days, it’s been a hassle getting him out of his room. With that being said, here are a few things that ended up getting my son out of his room this summer and spending time with his family instead!
- Alternative Games! Teach your kid how to play another COOL game. I taught my son and one of his friends how to play Spades this summer, and well, they loved it! Instead of wanting to play Fortnite, they wanted to play Spades instead!
- If you can’t beat them, JOIN THEM! Play the game with them! I played Fortnite with my son this summer, and by the time I had played the game for five minutes, he was ready to find us something else to do! (Insert evil little laugh here)
- GO to their room, and ASK them a ton of questions about the game. (And don’t forget to make yourself comfortable while doing this) My son was so tired of me asking questions about the game, that he came up with something for us to do by himself
- Tell them that you are going to tweet Ninja, the most famous Fortnite player out there! (They will literally crawl in a hole while you are drafting a tweet to him.) My son didn’t want me tweeting his favorite Fortnite player because he is trying to look “cool” in the Fortnite world. (By the way, I did tweet Ninja, but he didn’t tweet me back.)
- Time Limits. Give them time limits, and then make them do another activity such as swimming, kayaking, the movies, or more. There are a ton of good movies in the theater right now! 🙂
I know that’s only five things, but these five things have helped in my kid’s addictive life of Fortnite.