Chapter 3. Fitting Minecraft into Your Family

LIFE IS BUSY for families these days. Between work, school, daycare, homework, extracurricular activities, chores, and family time, sometimes it’s a surprise that we find time to sleep at all. And screen time has always had a bad reputation, so it’s no wonder that it ends up at the bottom of the list.

Like other computer entertainment products, Minecraft can be very addictive for kids (and adults!), so care must be taken to ensure that it does not consume your children’s lives. That being said, it has much to offer in terms of creativity, goal setting, building and design, spatial awareness, and—if kids are playing on a server—social interaction and community building. Even if your kids never get ...

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