How Pokémon Go Has Brought Our Family Together

Monday, August 01, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

While I was on vacation with my family at Mammoth Caves, Kentucky earlier this month, I was on Reddit, and heard of a new app called Pokémon Go. It seemed like something my husband would like, so I downloaded it onto his iPhone. What I didn't realize was that I had opened a can of worms. A beautiful can of worms. You see, in order to advance in the game, you need to walk and visit local landmarks (like parks, the zoo,etc.) My original thought was that he could catch some cave-dwelling Pokemon in Mammoth Caves. Well, lack of cell phone reception didn't allow that to happen. But, our Pokemon adventure didn't end there. In fact, that's just where it has begun.

"In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Ever since we came home from vacation, our family stared taking walks together so the hubby could catch Pokemon. You see, it turns out that our new home is a 5-minute walk from a beautiful Metro Park with a playground, forest, wetland and wildlife preserve, walking paths... and a few Pokestops. ;) In fact, as I'm sitting here writing with Baby B sleeping in my lap, hubby is right now with the kids.

I hear a lot of people complaining about the new Pokemon Go game, but I'm not so sure they even know what they're complaining about. I mean, have they ever played it before? Don't be that person. Ask your child, spouse, friend, etc to help you download the game, and have them show you how to play. People love it when other people share their interests, and they will very likely be more than happy to help you get on board. This is a great chance for you to learn about something new, and to share some bonding time with someone you care about.

I encourage you to see the good in it. Last week, my husband, for the first time ever, was stoked to go to the zoo... which has a ton of Pokestops & gyms. The week before, they went to go play putt-putt... which just so happens to be a Pokestop.

These beautiful moments were all created because Pokemon Go lit a fire under my husband's ass to get out there and visit places he wouldn't normally be interested in going to... and that's a beautiful thing.

What do you think of the new Pokemon Go game? Feel free to leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. :)
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