Finding time for Mightier can be especially challenging if your family has a busy schedule or if your child is not interested in playing. Below are some ideas and strategies other Mightier families have found helpful.
For the busy family
With school, work, extracurriculars, and everything else that needs to fit in to the daily schedule, it can be hard enough to find time for dinner and homework, let alone Mightier. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity and persistence to find those 45 minutes a week.
- Offer Mightier when the use of other electronics is not an option. Mightier does not need to be connected to WiFi to play. This means you can get creative with when and where you offer Mightier play time. Examples might include playing in the car and bringing Mightier with you to extra curricular activities. Mightier can be played in between dance classes or when a sibling is engaged in an extracurricular activity.
- Add Mightier play time to your child's daily task list. Putting it on the list helps them remember to get it done. Some kids like this idea because they then choose when to play Mightier during the day.
- Add Mightier to YOUR daily task list, or give yourself a calendar reminder. So often we have heard that part of why it's hard to find time for Mightier is that parents are busy and it's difficult to remember to remind your child to play.
- Put Mightier out in the open where everyone can see and remember it.
- Make sure to keep everything charged so that it's ready to use whenever you do find time for it.
When Mightier isn't your child's first choice
Some children do not like to play Mightier because it is not their preferred electronic, or they just have other interests in general. Structuring time for Mightier can be helpful in these situations.
- Separate Mightier game time from other electronic time. Some kids are more willing to engage in Mightier when they realize their Mightier play time will not effect their ability to play their preferred electronic.
- Use Mightier as a first/then approach or in an incentive plan. Ask your child to play Mightier for an allotted amount of time before they play their preferred electronic or other activity.
- Does your child say, "Mightier is boring?" It's possible they haven't found a game they like yet. Mightier has 26 games within the system, each geared for a different age range, gaming ability, and gamer style. Have them check out the game directory on your parent dashboard to see if they find a game that catches their eye.
- Does it seem that your child is frustrated while playing? Mightier can be difficult for many children. The games often require a child to bring their heart rate down 1-2 times each minute, which can require persistence and patience at times. If this is the case, let us adjust the difficulty level for your child as it's important for them to feel successful while they play,
Reach out to our Family Care Team. to speak with a Program Specialist more specifically about how to fit Mightier in appropriately and effectively for your family.