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11-10-2009 @ 6:19AM
I'm a dad of a 2 year old - and have been playing wow all that time and more.I now raid 4 nights a week + in 2 different groups and still get time to be a good dad. How? here's what i have learned:1) Mature guilds are great if you can fond one - the more understanding the better. Ask around for such a guild as they do exist.2) Set a schedule with your other half to take turns to meet your sprog's needs. I alternate with my wife so I am completely free (Short of the odd code brown disaster) once the little one has gone to bed.3) I only play/raid when my son has gone to bed - so won't log till 8:30 at least. Most raids have started by then - so whats the answer? Time share... Fact is alot of younger players need to log early - around 9/10:00 so have the same issue as you in reverse... Have an agreement that you will fill that player's raid slot when they need to log, so a raid can switched quickly without interruption. I know 6 people who make up raid slot pairs like this.4) Be the standby player. get into a pug raid? Play well and make the RL aware that you are often available for Fillers. They will often add people to friends lists and be after players at all sorts of times when they have openings/dropped slots.Be flexible and mature and you can be the raider you want to be :D
11-10-2009 @ 6:34AM
Sorry - point 2 should read:2) Set a schedule with your other half to take turns to meet your sprog's needs. I alternate with my wife so I am completely free (Short of the odd code brown disaster) once the little one has gone to bed - every other nightreally ought to check posts before posting :D
11-10-2009 @ 8:17AM
A "5 minute editing window" on posts would be handy here.
11-10-2009 @ 8:27AM
Alternating time with my spouse is what worked for me as well. We're in the same guild, we both raid, and we like playing to together, but it got to be too much. There was a lot of stress involved in both of us being ready and then "out of pocket" at the same time, so we went on an alternating raid schedule with one week on, one week off. We didn't gear up quite as fast as some others but it was nice during your week to sit down and raid for 3 hours, 3 nights a week undisturbed while the other took care of other things that needed to be done and was available for handling bad dreams or that 10pm "I need a drink of water" announcement.
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