My Life as a Gaming Dad

In case you missed it, last night I didn’t post a blog as instead, I took that time to fix my streaming setup. I’m still not 100% where I want to be right now but I am streamable. As a gamer at heart for well over 25 years, I’m very happy to be in a position again to stream. As a father of a three-year-old between family, work and play (in that order) it’s tough to make room to game. Let me give you a glimpse into that life that some gaming parents such as myself experience.

My day can start early, but it’s entirely dependant on when my daughter wants to wake up. Once she’s awake, we get dressed, I get her breakfast and Netflix (Teen Titans GO as of late) so that I can prepare whatever she needs for school-daycare. I then drop her off and come back home to work.

Yes, I work at home and it’s a relatively recent life choice that I still can’t believe I get to do. It hasn’t been easy to get here and only last summer did I leave a semi-blue-collar job of 7 years so that I could start this new adventure. However, that’s a different story.

I’ll work at home until about 5pm which is when I’ll go back out to pick up my daughter. Then it’s home for dinner, some more mild play with her before we do our bedtime routine. If I’m lucky by the time that’s all said and done it’s 8pm or so. As I listen to her on the baby monitor to see if she’ll actually fall asleep I get back to work so that I can finally start my article for the night. Generally, I’ll start writing for my beloved HeroesWord at about 10pm so that I can hope to start to game with my wife and friends around 11pm. That may last as late as 1am before I get to sleep and do it all over again the next day.

Do you see time in there for gaming? Streaming? Writing? It feels like I’ve permanently set my life to “Hard-mode” some days which makes it hard to chisel out the time for what I’d like to do. But here I am every day trying to change my life to how I’d like it to be.

The Heroes Word

Gaming is a very special part of me and isn’t something I’m willing to let go, it’s just not so special to EVER be put in front of my wife or child. I do what I can which is one of the reasons I started HeroesWord because I wanted that extension of myself to always live somewhere. It seemed like a natural fit. I may not get a chance to game every day but I try to make sure I write. I don’t want to lose a commitment I’ve only just started which is why I’m pushing myself even harder to get back into a place where I can regularly stream. As a father and as an adult I’ve learned the importance of a schedule and so I’m trying to figure out how to find the time to stream every night.

As far as I’m concerned if I’m going to game, I’m going to stream. If you’ve liked anything I’ve written on HeroesWord then I encourage you to come out to my channel. I’ll be putting together a more concrete schedule both here and on Twitch in the near future. I’d love your support on Twitch, but even just having you come here is enough for me. You guys are the ones that make this all worth it.

 

 

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