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Nicole, Linda, and Simone are joined this week by funny writer and mom Meredith Bland. She has 7-year-old twins who teach her how to play video games so she can write her regular column for Pixelkin, The Tech-Less Mom.  You can also find her hilarious writing on Pile of Babies, The Football Girl, The Stir, She Knows, Parent Map, and more. We have a lot of fun this week!

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Learning Gaming Can Be Fun If Your Kids Teach You

Meredith regales us with tales of playing (or trying to play) Skylanders: Swap Force, Super Smash Bros., and Plants Vs. Zombies with her 7-year-old twins. Great things happen when you jump into playing game with your kids, like:

  • Your kids feel empowered because they’re so much better than you are.
  • You get to model persistence and patience for them (a lot).
  • Your kids get the brain exercise involved in figuring out the best way to teach something they think is incredibly obvious—like using a controller.

Other games we talk about: Skylanders SuperChargers and The Sims. Next up for Meredith’s gaming-with-kids education? LittleBigPlanet 3, which is on the PlayStation 4!

What We Played


This podcast was recorded in the studios of the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The music is by Pat Goodwin at Novelty Shop Creative. Nicole Tanner, Linda Breneman, Simone de Rochefort, and Meredith Bland (@pileofbabies on Twitter) participated in this podcast. Thanks for listening and if you liked this episode, please rate us on iTunes and find us on BlogTalkRadio!


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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda or her family foundation's website,