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11-10-2009 @ 8:16AM
It is very possible to raid at a competitive level as a parent. I'm a single parent to a 4-year-old and I raid in one of the top guilds in the US (currently top 5 US). I spend most of the day playing with my daughter and take care of everything before the raid (dinner, bath, etc). At 7pm she usually gets an hour of TV/movie/whatever (it's a treat for her, since we spend a lot of time outside or doing other things during the day) and she goes to bed around 8pm. My guild starts raiding at 7pm and I usually wait for a "break" time in the raid (a time when we're switching instances, switching people in/out for bosses, other people taking bio breaks, etc) and take my daughter to bed then. It's all about how you manage your time. It is very possible to be a good parent AND raid in WoW. It just has to be a commitment as much as anything else. That said, I don't know that it would be possible with a baby or younger child who could randomly require something at any given moment. My daughter is almost 5 and can do everything herself (like go to the bathroom, get a drink, get toys).
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