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11-09-2009 @ 10:52PM
I am a parent, and help run a successful raiding guild - while managing life/etc. It goes into TIME MANAGEMENT skills. If you want to do something, you'll figure out how to do it.
11-09-2009 @ 10:54PM
There's no such thing as time management when you're the single parent of a toddler. Period. There are simply some things you cannot do, short of hiring a babysitter or conning a relative into watching your child. As kids get older, I agree, there's more flexibility as children have the necessary skills (and often desire) to entertain themselves without your constant supervision to ensure they aren't blowing up the house. But below a certain age, the high probability you'll need to AFK at any moment outweighs the desire to raid. The fact that my actions alone would inconvenience/screw up an encounter for 4/9/24 other people means that I just don't put myself in those situations when I know my child will be a distraction.I raid/play for the most part after my child's asleep. Unfortunately, that means that I'm trying to run stuff outside of prime time, when most people are asleep or finishing up their raids. It's something I'll have to live with - again, short of hiring a babysitter, which I wouldn't be willing to do.
11-09-2009 @ 11:03PM
It is time management. Again - you need to find a guild that would fit your specific needs. I know single mother of 4 children - who raids- reliably so. AFKs may happen but it's a rarity not a planned for. 99% of our raiders are working parents/adults with jobs - it can be done. But it is a balancing act as is any recreation for a parent. There are guilds that raid outside of prime time. I've seen many late night raiding guilds post for recruitment. The key is know what you want out of a guild and raid environment and finding it- not settling. To each his own- but I would be the first one to agree - RL and kids/spouses/etc are more important. Schedules are important - for a reason.
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