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11-09-2009 @ 10:15PM
Thanks for the insight. As an expectant father-to-be, I am starting to consider the ramifications of less time available to me to do the things I normally want to do. How to balance an incoming baby vs the habits I have formed around playing this game is going to take some adjusting. Of course, that goes for everything else in life as well. By the time Cataclysm rolls around, I hope to have it worked out. You know what though? There are worse problems in life to deal with. This conflict is win-win all the way.Good luck to all you parents out there. May your lewts be phat, and your children happy.
11-10-2009 @ 1:51AM
As a father of three the only advice I can give is get used to doing things on your childs schedule. You will still have plenty of free time (infants sleep 75% of the day) but it will not be a set schedule for several months. There will be plenty of times you sit there bored twiddling your thumbs while your baby sleeps but the minute you accept that raid invite to TOC theyre sure to wake up.Battlegrounds and console games were a lifesaver. Anything that you can pause or just take the deserter debuff is the way to go.Congratulations on the soon to be baby!
11-10-2009 @ 9:23AM
As a mother of a 15mo old, I couldn't agree with Kyle more here. I've been playing since WoW landed, and always raiding, even meeting my hubby in one of my old raiding guilds. In the last month I sat down and reevaluated my raiding desire however. Sure, the kiddo went to sleep half way through a raid, and Naxx was easy enough to take care of bottles and diapers during trash [I'm just a moonkin so the group could leave me behind or on follow on someone easy between bosses]. But then Ulduar and ToC hit, no trash between bosses, or at least not enough to make it easy for me. Then there was the fact that I didn't get to see my husband a lot. He's a service plumber, gets home late sometimes, just enough time to -maybe- scarf down some food at the table and rush to the comp for invites. Then he was asleep about 2 hours before the raid got over. The last month I took a vacation from wow, getting things ready for our wedding on Halloween, and I have to say, being able to relax and go to bed after the wee one was asleep was awesome. As a parent, especially as the primary caregiver, not only do you have to weigh the pros and cons of being able to have time for the raiding; but you have to weigh the pros and cons of how it will affect the time frames of the people around you. Also, if you do decide to raid, don't let it consume you. It's easy to let happen, so watch for it. When you start to put off responding to the children as they learn new things [like hand you things and say "thank you"] then it may be time to reevaluate your situation again. Children don't stay little long, they don't want to be held while they have that bottle, or sit still on yoru lap and watch what you are doing. Cherish those moments before they slip away.
11-10-2009 @ 12:48PM
As a previously raiding, now father to a 5 month old boy, raiding pretty much stopped altogether. When I am needed, he comes first. AFK's with minimal notice in the middle of a raid make you a liability. Thus, I only raid as an alternate with the full understanding of my guild that I might drop out at any second with baby aggro.I am lucky that Ascension on Madoran are such good people. I was a pretty hardcore raider before my boy, and I think they make allowances for me now.I just try to keep myself moderately raid viable with badge gear and working over the auction house to get money for the current crafting orbs.
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